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Meijer remodels four stores to make pharmacy more convenient

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer on Thursday announced it will invest nearly $50 million in extensive remodel projects for four supercenters in the Dayton, Ohio area located in Kettering, Miami Township, Englewood and Beavercreek. 
 
Work on the four Dayton-area stores will begin in April and be completed in multiple phases so the stores can remain open during the construction process. The project is slated to be finished later this year and will provide each store with a new facade, remodeled gas station and drive-thru pharmacy. The remodeled supercenters will also boast enhanced floor plans to allow for expanded selections in departments throughout the store.
 
"We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to Dayton," Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "Our customers expect high standards from us, and our investment in these stores will ensure they enjoy the best shopping experience we can provide."
 
The remodel project will allow for wider aisles and redesigned departments in all of the stores, which will feature expanded selections of national and specialty brands. The new pharmacies will be relocated near the front of the stores, Health and Beauty Care will feature prestige skincare and vitamin brands, and a new Baby Center will provide a refreshed shopping experience for expectant parents. The pet department will offer a wider assortment of natural pet food.
 
The expanded apparel department will feature 12-foot-high walls and specialty lighting with updated fitting rooms. It will also feature national brands like Fila, New Balance, Reebok, Amy Byer, Carters, Wallflower, Almost Famous, Union Baby, Chaps and Jessica Simpson.
 
All stores will be remodeled to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and include a variety of enhancements both inside and outside the store such as exterior lighting and parking lot upgrades. Additionally, the introduction of newer technology in key areas during the remodel process results in reduced energy usage and a more energy-efficient store.
 
"Our goal is to provide an exceptional shopping experience for our customers," Meijer said. "Dayton is a community we've enjoyed serving for nearly 25 years since our first stores opened in 1991. We are pleased to renew our commitment to meeting the needs of families in the Dayton area."
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Target sets date for Canada exit

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Canada announced that it will complete its inventory liquidation efforts and close the last of its 133 Canadian retail stores to the public on April 12. Target Canada’s three distribution centres and Mississauga headquarters have been closed, the company announced. Liquidator-led fixture sales will continue in some locations. The company has been winding down its operations since January 15 when it obtained an Initial Order for protection from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
 
“We are pleased with the results of the liquidation sales to date and the speed at which we have moved through the wind-down process. We want to once again thank all Target Canada team members for their hard work and great adaptability through this process,” said Aaron Alt, Target Canada CEO. “The court-approved real estate sales process is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2015.”  
 
Additional information regarding Target Canada’s CCAA proceedings can be viewed here.
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Chain Drug Consortium, The Premier Value Alliance announce merger

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOCA RATON, Fla. and Park City, Utah — Chain Drug Consortium has merged with its Premier Value Alliance subsidiary to form a new combined organization, which will operate as Chain Drug Consortium, LCC.  

The new organization will continue to provide its members with a broad portfolio of pharmacy industry programs and benefits, such as the Premier Value brand program.

Edward Frisch, founding president and CEO of CDC and PVA, has resigned and will remain a consultant to the new company.

 “I am very proud to have developed our unique business model, driving $1 billion in member retail programs and $100 million in member savings, since 2000. I am very confident that our board of directors and management will continue on this path,” Frisch stated.

Ed McGinley, CDC VP of pharmacy, resigned in February to pursue new consulting ventures.

Lou Helfrich, CDC VP of purchasing, will continue to manage CDC’s Premier Value brand program, based in Pittsburg, Pa.

George Bartell, chairman and CEO of Bartell Drugs, will continue as CDC chairman.  

"Eddie Frisch and Ed McGinley have been valuable assets to both organizations, and their contributions through the years are greatly appreciated,” Bartell stated.

Steve Rule, president and CEO of The Rule Group is the CDC’s new president, and he will be opening a new office in Park City, Utah.  The Boca Raton, Fla., office will be closed at the end of May.

 

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