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Raley’s buys 6 Nevada stores from Scolari’s Food & Drug

BY David Salazar

Family-owned grocer Raley’s has acquired six new stores in northern Nevada, the company announced Friday. The purchase from Scolari’s Food & Drug includes five stores under the eponymous banner that will be transferred to the Raley’s banner and one Sak ’N Save that will maintain its name and operate as part of the Raley’s food source division.

“I am pleased that Raley’s will reach and serve even more customers,” Raley’s chairman and CEO Michael Teel said. “Making healthy and affordable food available to more people aligns with our purpose to infuse life with health and happiness, by changing the way the world eats, one plate at a time.”

Raley’s adds these locations to its existing 14 locations in Nevada that include 11 Raley’s banners, one Food Source store and two Aisle One fuel stations.

“We expect to build on the existing customer base by offering even more products and categories at a price that is affordable,” Raley’s president Keith Knopf said. “The Raley’s team will actively listen to customers, and we look forward to learning what the customers want and need from us. We take seriously the stewardship passed to us by the Scolari’s family and will work to preserve the positive impact they have created.”

Raley’s said that more details about the purchase would be shared at a later date. It said it expects the conversions to be complete by late spring.

“With complementary markets and strong family values, we believe Raley’s was the right partner to assume the operation of the six locations of our family business,” Joey Scolari, CEO of Scolari’s Food & Drug, said. “We are confident our customers and employees will be served well under the stewardship of the Raley’s organization.”

The following stores are included in the purchase:

  • Scolari’s Food & Drug: 3310 South McCarran Boulevard, Reno, Nev.;
  • Scolari’s Food & Drug: 4788 Caughlin Parkway, Reno, Nev.;
  • Scolari’s Food & Drug: 1400 US Highway 95A North, Fernley, Nev.;
  • Scolari’s Food & Drug: 176 West Goldfield Avenue, Yerington, Nev.;
  • Scolari’s Food & Drug: Hwy 95 – Air Force Road, Tonopah, Nev.; and
  • Sak ‘N Save: 1901 Silverada Boulevard, Reno, Nev.

 

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Walgreens buys Rx files from 10 Pyramid Foods stores

BY Michael Johnsen

Pyramid Foods on Monday announced the sale of 10 pharmacies to Walgreens in the form of prescription files. The pharmacies, operating under the company’s Price Cutter banners, primarily operated in the Springfield, Mo., markets.

The Pyramid Foods pharmacy at 3260 East Battlefield will remain open.

The pharmacies are being jettisoned in an effort to keep the grocer competitive through investments in click and collect and home delivery, as well as creating space for new value-add retail services within its supermarket box.

“This allows Pyramid Foods to enhance market offerings with other services,” the company stated. “Updated concepts include rolling out curbside pickup, online home shopping and selected delivery by June 1, 2018 as well as adding UPS shipping centers, dry cleaning and other services in the future.”

While the grocer may be pulling out of the pharmacy business, the chain still is growing. “Pyramid Foods is expanding its rural pharmacy footprint [across Missouri] into Lebanon, Purdy, Neosho and Branson,” the company stated. “Additional locations are also being considered.”

 

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Flu incidence spreading north and east of Texas, Walgreens reports

BY Michael Johnsen

It’s halfway through March and flu incidence is still going strong, especially across Nebraska and Texas, Walgreens reported Wednesday as part of its weekly Walgreens Flu Index.

However, Texas finally may be getting a reprieve. Only one Texas market is in this week’s top 10, which captures flu activity for the week ended March 17, and there are at least 10 states experiencing more flu incidence than the Lone Star State.

South Dakota, Idaho and Virginia were the three top states experiencing flu incidence gains for the week.

The top 10 designated market areas with flu activity for the week ended March 17 were:

  1. Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, Neb.;
  2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas;
  3. Omaha, Neb.;
  4. Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C.;
  5. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.;
  6. Oklahoma City;
  7. Des Moines-Ames, Iowa;
  8. Lansing, Mich.;
  9. Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo.; and
  10. Rockford, Ill.

Top 10 DMAs ranked by flu activity gains were:

  1. Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, Wash.;
  2. Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C.;
  3. Gainesville, Fla.;
  4. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va.;
  5. Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.;
  6. Toledo, Ohio;
  7. Dayton, Ohio;
  8. Cleveland-Akron (Canton), Ohio;
  9. Charleston, S.C.; and
  10. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.

The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and markets experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Flu Index provides insight by showing which cities or metropolitan areas are experiencing the most incidences of influenza each week based on Index methodology. The data does not measure actual levels or severity of flu activity.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

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