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Longs to open two clinics in Hawaii stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Longs Drug Stores has announced plans to open in Hawaii two in-store health clinics by the end of calendar 2007 through an agreement with Access Medical Clinics.

Access Medical Clinics is an independent operator separate from Longs. The walk-in clinics, to be located in the Mililani Town Center and Ewa Beach, will be staffed by physicians with oversight covering physician assistances and nurse practitioners.

According to Bob Ingersoll, group vice president of Hawaii store operations for Longs, the pharmacy retailer uses a multiple operator model when looking to open in-store health clinics. It has similar partnerships with independent clinics in four stores on the Mainland, as well as nine Quest Diagnostic Labs.

“We are always looking for new ways to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance the convenience we offer our customers,” Ingersoll stated.

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Large Shoppers Drug Mart store opened in Belleville

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVILLE, Ontario Shoppers Drug Mart opened a new 18,000-square-foot store here Dec. 1, according to a news report in the Belleville Intelligencer published Thursday.

It’s one of the largest Shoppers throughout the chain, the paper reported.

The new store fields a robust grocery department, featuring one of the most expansive food offerings in the chain, and includes an organic food line, Nativa, exclusive to Shoppers.

The new store also features some Shoppers mainstays—a full cosmetic offering, home-healthcare section and local post office.

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Rite Aid posts increase in sales for November, Q3

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Both November and third-quarter comparable sales were slightly up compared with the year-ago period, Rite Aid reported Thursday.

Rite Aid registered a 0.9 percent same-store sales increase for the five weeks ended Dec. 1, excluding its recently-acquired Brooks and Eckerd operations. Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.2 percent, which included an approximate 461 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, and front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent.

Total drug store sales for the five-week period, including the former Brooks and Eckerd stores, increased 50.7 percent to $2.5 billion. Prescription revenue accounted for 67.7 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue represented approximately 96.1 percent of pharmacy sales.

Same-store sales for the 13-week quarter ended Dec. 1, 2007 increased 0.7 percent over the prior year quarter. Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.2 percent which included an approximate 431 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions. Front-end same-store sales decreased 0.4 percent.

Total drug store sales for the quarter increased 51.1 percent to $6.5 billion. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.3 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue was 96.0 percent of pharmacy sales.

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