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Navarro means pharmacy for Miami’s Hispanic community

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI — With new leadership at the helm, Navarro Discount Pharmacy continues its goal of catering to the needs of the Hispanic community in the Miami area. Navarro is the largest Hispanic-owned drug store chain in the United States, with 28 locations that cater to the Hispanic market through their product offerings and services.


The company, which garnered about $320 million in sales in 2009, tapped in late 2009 former Bigg’s executive Steve Kaczynski to serve as CEO, and has since further bolstered its management team as part of its expansion strategy.


In October 2010, the retailer announced the hiring of Kevin Shiplett as SVP wholesale and business development, Paul DiBrito as director of real estate and construction, and Emilio Yepez as director of e-commerce.


“Together, they’ll be working on renovating and expanding existing locations, adding new locations, identifying new partnerships and business development opportunities, and adding e-commerce capabilities to our website,” Kaczynski stated. The new online store will expand Navarro’s product offering throughout the United States and strategic foreign markets.


As part of its effort to meet the needs of the Hispanic market, the company has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers, which now includes information about juvenile diabetes. This year, the Diabetes Club primarily focuses on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes.

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Merriwether to lead retail services for Sears, Kmart

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings’ SVP procurement and finance has been promoted.

Deidra Cheeks Merriwether now holds the title of SVP and president of retail services, succeeding James Haworth. In this role, Merriwether, who joined the corporation in 2001, will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of retail services for the broadline retailer’s Kmart and Sears stores.

Merriwether currently serves as a member of Sears Canada’s board of directors and is the executive sponsor of the company’s African-American Associate Network.

"Deidra is an accomplished leader," said Bruce Johnson, interim CEO and president of Sears Holdings. "She has a keen understanding of the retail business. Her past experiences within the company, along with a demonstrated success in creating and inspiring high-performance teams that are focused on satisfying the customer make her a perfect fit for this role."

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Gaiam releases new collections of Travel Channel shows on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam’s home video license agreement with the Travel Channel is being extended with the DVD release of "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" Collection 4, Part 2 and "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" Collection 5, Part 2.

"Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" Collection 4, Part 2 follows the adventures of Zimmern, a man with an "iron stomach," as he tackles the most bizarre delicacies. The three-disc DVD set includes 13 episodes and carries a suggested retail price of $24.98, with a total runtime of 563 minutes.

In "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" Collection 5, Part 2, Bourdain travels around New York and worldwide to explore the delights of street food. The three-disc DVD set includes 11 episodes and bonus features, and carries a suggested retail price of $24.98, with a total runtime of 485 minutes.

The new releases will be available wherever DVDs are sold.

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