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Publix announces North Carolina store openings as it scouts for more locations

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets on Friday announced it will enter the Winston-Salem market and add a third location in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 

“We continue to deliver on our promise of serving the great state of North Carolina by adding yet another county to our market area,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “We are more than your community grocer — we are your neighbors, and look forward to sharing the Publix spirit with you.” 

The Winston-Salem store will be a 49,000-square-foot Publix supermarket with covered parking below the store. Opening is scheduled for 2015.  

The Cornelius store, located in Mecklenburg County, will also encompass 49,000-square-feet and will feature a drive-thru pharmacy. Opening is planned for late 2014. 

Publix continues to aggressively look for additional locations throughout the state of North Carolina, the grocer stated.

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Giant-Carlisle to open new Levittown, Pa., retail clinic

BY Alaric DeArment

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Giant Food Stores will stage the grand opening of a new in-store health clinic at one of its stores Tuesday, the Ahold USA banner said Friday.

Giant, based in Carlisle, Pa., is partnering with Aria Health FastCare on the clinic, providing the space while Aria provides the staff. The clinic will be the fourth. Lancaster, Pa., General Hospital is also partnering with Giant to operate another clinic.

The clinic will provide treatments for flu, sore throat, allergies, ear infections and sports physicals. A spokesman for the supermarket chain told DSN that Giant was looking into other opportunities and saw the Levittown opening as a "nice kickoff" for what could eventually be a new round of clinics, depending on the success of the ones opened so far.

"We are certainly looking at this as a way to bring convenience to our customers, and we also look at it as a partnership with Aria to basically expand our health and wellness resources to the community," said spokesman Chris Brand.

 

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Certified Specialty Pharmacy testing due date arrives

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board is requesting that applicants for its credentialing program for specialty pharmacists send in their applications by Sept. 15, the group said Friday.

The SPCB said the due date applies to the first round of Certified Specialty Pharmacy tests, which will be administered in October, and pharmacists can apply online for the test.

"We urge all specialty pharmacists interested in elevating their careers and distinguishing themselves from their peers to consider taking advantage of this unique credentialing opportunity this October," SPCB executive director Gary Cohen said. "CSP represents the only industry-wide opportunity for specialty pharmacists to demonstrate their expertise and skill level to current and prospective employers. Because of the increasing demand for specialty pharmacy by the medical community and its patients, this professional development opportunity will become an important benchmark for those within the specialty pharmacy sector moving forward."

 

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