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Hy-Vee to open second Twin Cities location

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has entered into a contract to build a Hy-Vee store in Oakdale, Minn., marking the second Twin Cities location to be announced since Hy-Vee declared earlier this year that it would enter the market.

The proposed expansion into the Twin Cities would add several stores per year, over the next several years.

Hy-Vee has been working with Oakdale officials for several months to secure the city-owned property, which formerly housed an outlet mall. This is the second Hy-Vee location under contract in the Twin Cities area; several more new store projects are in various stages of research and development, the retailer noted.

Hy-Vee expects that it will be several months before construction begins. A tentative grand opening date has not been scheduled for the store, which will create about 450 local jobs.

The new Oakdale store will include a pharmacy with a drive-up window, in-store dietitians and wellness department.

Hy-Vee is new to the Twin Cities area but not to Minnesota. The employee-owned company has been a fixture in Minnesota communities since 1969 and currently operates 17 stores statewide, employing more than 5,000 local residents.
 

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Dollar General, Coupons.com roll out DG Digital Coupons offering

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General, in partnership with Coupons.com, on Thursday completed the successful rollout of its new DG Digital Coupons program to its more than 11,300 stores across the 40 states the retailer serves.
 
"The DG Digital Coupon program provides our customers with an easy-to-use and convenient platform to use digital coupons toward our everyday low prices, helping them get the products they need at prices they want," stated Todd Vasos, Dollar General COO. "Understanding our shopper is utilizing digital and online technology to help save money, the completion of this project not only demonstrates our ability to deliver everyday value and affordable options to our customers, but also our commitment to help our customers save time and money, every day."
 
To use the DG Digital Coupon Program, customers may sign up either online or in stores using a numeric identification number, which is typically their telephone number. After signing up, customers can select the most relevant coupons to be added to their profile and the discounts are then applied to a customer's purchase at checkout when they purchase eligible items from many of America's most popular brands and Dollar General's private brands.
 
"We are thrilled that Dollar General has chosen to work with Coupons.com," commented Steven Boal, president and CEO of Coupons.com. "Our technology will deliver Dollar General shoppers highly relevant coupons in ways that many of today's shoppers now want them – via their phones. The whole experience makes saving money easier than ever."
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Rite Aid reports July sales of $2 billion, up 4.1%

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Thursday posted July sales of $2 billion for the four weeks ended July 26, representing growth of 4.1%. Same-store sales increased 4.6% over the prior-year period. July front-end same-store sales increased 1.5%. Pharmacy comparable sales, which included an approximate 203 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 6%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.9% over the prior-year period.
 
Prescription sales accounted for 68.6% of drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales.
 
Same-store sales for the 21-week period ended July 26 increased 3.5% over the prior-year period. Front-end same-store sales increased 0.5% while pharmacy same-store sales increased 5%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 2.8% over the prior-year period.
 
Total drug store sales for the 21 week period increased 3% with sales of $10.4 billion. Prescription sales represented 68.4% of total drug store sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales.
 
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