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Reports: Shakeup at Delhaize Group continues with Sweetbay store closures

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS — The Delhaize Group shakeup continues as news circulates that its Sweetbay Supermarket division will shutter 33 underperforming stores in Florida by mid-February, according to a report on Tampa Bay Online.

The closures, which are part of a broader reorganization plan, will results in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Florida and changes for its pharmacy customers. Following the closures, Sweetbay will operate 72 locations.

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in 11 countries on three continents. At the end of 2012, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,452 stores. In the United States, that includes about 1,500 stores under such banners as Sweetbay, Hannaford and Food Lion.

The news of the store closures comes on the heels of a restructuring of senior management. Last week it was revealed that Delhaize America cut 25% of its executive ranks and internally unveiled a new structure that includes about 50 officers, the Salisbury Post reported. Some of the positions were eliminated, some are new and others remain the same. The moves mean that about 80% of Delhaize America officers will be located in Salisbury.

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Half of consumers will seek alternative brands at shelf

BY Michael Johnsen

If the OTC products for which they were looking were not on the shelf, half would switch to another product, with 30% looking for an alternative product and 20% asking the pharmacist for an alternative solution, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. However, 42% of respondents are observed to be product loyalists and would seek the OTC out at another retailer.

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Rite Aid boosts flu vaccine supply to meet increased demand

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has obtained 400,000 new seasonal flu shots, which began arriving in stores earlier this week, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

The company said it was delivering the shots to areas of need based on actual or anticipated flu activity.

"This year’s flu season got off to an early and strong start, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is more severe than in recent years," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "Rite Aid pharmacists play an important role in the fight against the flu every year, and that’s especially true in tough seasons like this one. We are committed to helping our customers and communities fight the flu, which is why we’re bringing in additional flu shots this week and encouraging anyone who hasn’t received a flu shot yet to do so as soon as possible, so they can be protected against this year’s flu."

The announcement comes amid recent nationwide reports of "spot shortages" of flu vaccine resulting from unusually high demand. While there are enough vaccines to go around, many retail pharmacies and other vaccination centers are running out of stock, resulting in people having difficulty finding vaccines.


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