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Pharmaca opens fifth Seattle location

BY Michael Johnsen

 

BOULDER, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Friday announced the opening of Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. 
 
“Seattle residents have already come to know and love Pharmaca’s unique shopping experience, so we're excited to be able to expand our presence here,” stated Laura Coblentz, Pharmaca’s VP marketing and innovation. “Now our neighbors in Queen Anne can get to know Pharmaca too, including our unique product offering and our team of health and beauty experts."
 
The store’s public grand opening will take place on Sept. 13 and 14, when attendees will be treated to complimentary services such as chair massages, mini-facials and mini-makeovers. 
 
The first 100 people who attend the grand opening event will receive a goodie bag filled with a variety of natural health and skincare products. Throughout the weekend, anyone who makes a purchase of $5 or more will receive a complimentary Pharmaca reusable shopping bag. Guests who sign up for Pharmaca’s Feel Better Rewards program, a complimentary membership providing exclusive offers and a quarterly dividend on purchases, will also take home a Pharmaca brand Body Lotion for only one cent. And a donation of 5% of the total retail sales made on Saturday will be given to Queen Anne Helpline, a local charity dedicated to supporting the financial stability, education and health of the community.
 
Queen Anne is Pharmaca’s fifth location in Washington and 26th location in the U.S.
 

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Report: Hy-Vee to offer flu shots at Rochester Senior Center

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — According to a local report, the Hy-Vee North Health & Wellness Team will visit the Rochester Senior Center in Rochester, Minn., offering flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 15 to 17.

The shot is priced at $25 per person or free for all Medicare patients.

Hy-Vee operates 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually.
 

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Reports: CVS Health, Walgreens to accept new Apple wireless payment system

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Both CVS Health and Walgreens will be leading retail innovation when Apple unveils its iPhone 6 tomorrow as they are both expected to accept purchases made with the new iPhone payment system, according to published reports on Friday. 
 
According to re/code, representatives for Walgreens and Apple declined to comment. CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis told the online news source, “We don’t know what Apple may be planning in terms of a payment system so it is not possible for us to say whether it is something our stores may be able to accept.”
 
If true, retail pharmacy giants CVS Health and Walgreens gives Apple access to more than 15,000 retail doors where consumers can buy anything from aspirin and cosmetics using Apple's new payment system. It would also serve as a testimonial as to the sway the retail pharmacy channel holds with early adopters. 
 
According to reports, Apple’s mobile payment system is expected to let shoppers wave or tap their phone at checkout terminals using a wireless technology called near field communication to transmit payment information from a phone to a store’s checkout system. "The soon-to-launch iPhone 6 is expected to be the first Apple device to include NFC technology," re/code reported. "The new payment method will also likely include the use of fingerprint identification already available on the latest iPhones as an added security measure."
 
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