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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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Shoppers Drug Mart kicks off Tree of Life fundraising campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

EDMONTON, Canada Shoppers Drug Mart on Thursday kicked off its sixth annual Tree of Life fundraising campaign for community health charities and a special Tree of Life apple-scented body lotion.

The campaign, which runs from Sept. 22 through Oct. 19, encourages customers to purchase and personalize their own paper “leaf” for a loonie (the nickname Canadians gave its gold-colored, bronze-plated, one-dollar coin), “maple leaf” for $5 or an “apple” for $50. Each “leaf” is then attached to a “tree” branch in a Shoppers Drug Mart store to help raise money.

“The Tree of Life campaign is the cornerstone of our community investment program,” stated Lisa Gibbs, manager, community investment, Shoppers Drug Mart. “Through this program, our customers, employees and pharmacist/owners across the country partner with local charities and give back to the communities in which they work and live.”

Proceeds from fruit and foliage, along with sales of the body lotion, will be split with 75 percent going to local community-based healthcare organizations and 25 percent going to national healthcare charities supporting treatment, awareness, education and research initiatives.

Since 2002, Shoppers Drug Mart has raised more than $7 million for over 250 Canadian healthcare charities such as Heart & Stroke Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation and Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, among others through its Tree of Life campaign, held each autumn.

This year, as an additional incentive, Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum cardholders have a chance to win a grand prize of one million Optimum points when they purchase a leaf, a maple leaf or an apple. The apple-scented body lotion retails for $1.99.

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Hy-Vee and Dahl’s expand in-store clinic locations, hours in Des Moines

BY Drew Buono

DES MOINES, Iowa Hy-Vee and Dahl’s stores in the Des Moines area are now offering walk-in clinics to their customers, according to the Des Moines Register.

Curaquick Clinics are now open at four Hy-Vee stores in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Ankeny, said Russ Frazier, chief operating officer of the Sioux City-based Curaquick. Curaquick is working with Iowa Health-Des Moines and the Iowa Clinic to provide the in-store services.

“It does seem that on a national level that health care is responding to the consumer-driven society that we’re living in,” Frazier said.

Nurse practitioners staff the Quick Care Clinics, at which patients can be treated for such problems as strep throat and ear and urinary tract infections, which can be diagnosed through observation or simple lab tests.

Patient demand prompted Mercy’s Quick Care Clinics, located in three Dahl’s Foods stores, to expand their weekday hours and add Saturday hours. Beginning this week, the new hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We’ve always wanted more hours available to patients, and we were waiting until business started up,” said Kent Carr, chief executive officer of Mercy Clinics.

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