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Kerr Drug starts flu vaccinations for 2011-2012 season

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug is kicking off its flu shot campaign this month, the regional chain said Friday.

Kerr pharmacists will administer vaccines for the 2011-2012 flu season at most of its stores in North Carolina. It also plans to offer vaccines at its booth during the 2011 North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, N.C., from Oct. 13 to 23.

"The protection from flu shots only lasts for one flu season, so people need to get a new shot this year even though the vaccine is similar to last year’s," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said. "The good news is that people will only need to get one flu shot this year because the 2011-2012 vaccine will protect against the H1N1 flu, as well as seasonal flu."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots for everyone ages 6 months and older. According to the CDC, while 39.8% of adults received flu vaccinations in the doctor’s office, 18.4% received them in pharmacies and supermarkets, an increase of more than 11% over the 2006-2007 season.

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Q3 is kind to Ingles Markets

BY Allison Cerra

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Regional supermarket chain Ingles Markets experienced a positive third quarter that included big boosts to its net sales and net income.

For the quarter ended June 25, Ingles saw a 6.4% spike in net sales to $911 million, thanks to higher same-store sales, an increase in stores in operation and growth in customer transactions and transaction amounts, the company said. Meanwhile, the retailer’s net income also garnered a substantial gain of 11.2% to $12.7 million.

"Our daily focus is to provide value to our customers, increase sales and provide profits for our shareholders," Ingles Markets CEO Robert Ingle said. "The results for the third quarter reflect success in those areas in spite of economic and competitive challenges."

At the end of the quarter, Ingles opened one store. The company also remodeled five stores over a nine-month period ended in June.

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Watson’s Anda division to build Miss. warehouse, distribution center

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals will build a drug warehouse and distribution center in Mississippi, the drug maker said Thursday.

Watson said its Anda Distribution division would the $23.5 million, 234,000-sq.-ft. center in Olive Branch, Miss. The plant will employ 70 workers.

"Our new Olive Branch facility will enable Anda to maximize our proximity to and business relationship with Fed Ex, our current primary shipper," Anda Distribution EVP and COO Albert Paonessa said. "The new facility, as planned, will be more appropriately sized than our current leased facility in Phio, resulting in significant efficiencies that will further streamline Anda’s operations."

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