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Meijer anticipates more flu shots in 2013-2014 season amid increased demand

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer expects its pharmacists to administer 40% more flu shots this season than last year due to increased demand, the mass-merchandise retailer said.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based chain, which operates 203 stores in the Midwest, said walk-in services and new options for flu shots had made it easier and more appealing for families to get vaccinated.

"Meijer customers know that we’re making it easy for them to take care of their families by offering walk-in services and a variety of immunization choices to better meet their needs," Meijer Drug Store VP Nat Love said. "If one person in your family is sick, chances are the illness will circulate throughout your home. The flu vaccine really is your best defense for keeping your entire family healthy."

 

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Stater Bros. VP of real estate has passed away

BY Vivian Gomez

Stater Bros. has announced that VP of real estate Mike Slaton passed away suddenly on Sept. 28. He was 51 years old.

As a tribute to Slaton, the 44,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. supermarket that opened recently in Redlands, Calif., will be dedicated in his honor.

“Mike was a very loyal and committed member of the Stater Bros. Family and started his career with Stater Bros. as a Courtesy Clerk in Redlands, Calif., when he was 16 years old. His contributions to our company were immeasurable and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him,” stated chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown.

The family has requested donations in Slaton’s honor be made to Stater Bros. Charities and a scholarship fund will be set up in his name at California State University, San Bernardino — his alma mater. The company asks that checks be addressed to Stater Bros. Charities, P.O. Box 150, San Bernardino, California 92402.

Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion. The company currently operates 166 supermarkets.

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Sam’s Club promotes breast cancer awareness

BY Mike Troy

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club maintains its emphasis on health care this month with a health event tied in with breast cancer awareness.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Sam’s Club is offering free women’s health screenings to members and non-members on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its 576 clubs that contain a pharmacy.

As part of the day’s preventive health screenings, Sam’s Club will give away more than 25,000 breast self-exam kits and also will conduct preventive thyroid-stimulating hormone testing, which measures thyroid hormone levels in women and identifies overactive and underactive thyroid glands, which can be the root of various health problems. The free health screening event features tests valued up to $200, and also includes such things as a take-home breast self-exam gel packs, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index and vision tests.

"Sam’s Club is proud to have provided more than 700,000 women’s health screenings last year, and is pleased to again offer a free health resource during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to women in communities nationwide," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP of health and wellness.

 

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