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Rite Aid kicks off Children’s Miracle Network campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid plans to kick off its national fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network this Sunday, the retailer announced Thursday, and will continue those fundraising efforts through May 10 through the sale of $1 paper Miracle Balloons to customers.

Last year, Rite Aid associates raised more than $5.3 million for Children’s Miracle Network. Rite Aid has raised more than $31 million since 1994 for 117 pediatric hospitals.

“One of Rite Aid’s core values is that we are a caring neighbor, involved in community activities in meaningful ways,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Rite Aid associates are committed to giving back to the local communities that we serve. Each year, our associates do an outstanding job of coming up with creative ways of getting their communities involved in raising a lot of money for local children who need help.”

In addition to selling $1 paper Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates have created their own ideas to raise funds for the charity, including bake sales, carnivals and car washes. Last year, one store manager in Wytheville, Va., held an archery tournament and raised more than $800. Executives at Rite Aid’s headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa., washed employees’ cars and competed in an obstacle course, raising $200,000 for the local children’s hospital.

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Clarification: Goldman leaves CVS, Sansone to succeed him

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has confirmed that Allan Goldman, vice president of general merchandise and consumables has left the company.

Succeeding Goldman at CVS is Judy Sansone, vice president of merchandising.

Drug Store News had previously reported that Goldman was joining Duane Reade. However, Goldman said he is not joining Duane Reade. It is unclear at this time where Goldman will land next as he could provide no further comment.

Goldman, who was crowned the winner of the general merchandise merchant of the year award at the 20th Annual Drug Store News REX Awards ceremony, was recruited by CVS in 2001. Before joining CVS, he was vice president of merchandising at PlanetRx.com.

From March 1995 to July 1998, Goldman served as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising for The Cosmetic Center, a retail cosmetic company. From June 1988 to February 1995, he served as vice president of merchandising for Rite Aid.

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Walgreens to launch private label clothing line

BY DSN STAFF

Walgreens is expanding its private label offerings to include a clothing line, Casual Gear. As reported by The Chicago Tribune, the line will launch in April at most of Walgreens 6,000 stores.

The line will feature capris, sweat pants, vests and T-shirts that will retail between $7 and $15, reportedly.

Walgreens reported February sales of $4.9 billion, and increase of 14.5% from $4.3 billion for the same month in 2007. Sales in comparable-stores rose 8.3%, while comparable-store front-end sales increased 8.2%.

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