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Rite Aid launches Holiday Gift of Savings program

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Tuesday announced the introduction of its Holiday Gift of Savings program, which began Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 24, where shoppers can receive a Rite Aid gift card valued between $5 and $20 with purchases of between $25 and more than $100.

To receive their gift certificate, customers can pick up a brochure with mail-in form at any Rite Aid or go to Riteaid.com and submit the information from qualifying receipts dated Nov. 16 through Dec. 24. All submissions must be received by Jan. 26, 2009, the company stated.

Rite Aid noted in its release that other ways consumers can save include the free Rite Aid RX Savings Card, the Living More senior loyalty program with discounts for those aged 55 and up and everyday savings with Rite Aid brand products which cost up to 40 percent less than national brands.

Rite Aid also honors the GNC Gold Card in those stores featuring the GNC “Live Well” stores, now in more than 1,700 Rite Aid stores. Gold Card members receive 20 percent off GNC products during the first seven days of every month. The drug store retailer is offering $5 coupon for Gold Card membership on its Web site, www.riteaid.com/stores/gnc/, through Dec. 31.

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MinuteClinic cofounder touts Zipnosis, program connecting patients, doctors

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS Entrepreneur Rick Krieger, who was a cofounder of MinuteClinic, has a new project he is working on that connects patients and doctors anywhere, anytime for minor health problems using the Internet or a mobile phone.

Jonathan Pearce, an MBA student at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, thought up the concept called Zipnosis. Pearce recently won the top student award for Zipnosis in the Minnesota Cup, which is an annual statewide contest that seeks out, supports and promotes the state’s newest and most innovative business concepts. As the student winner, Pearce received $5,000.

According to a local news report, Krieger first met Pearce at Carlson?s Enterprise Lab in September. Today, Krieger serves as chief executive officer and Pearce holds the title of chief operating officer at Zipnosis.

Zipnosis was incorporated in October and Krieger is reportedly planning to make a $2 million private stock placement in the coming months.

Krieger was a co-founder of QuickMedx/MinuteClinic and served as chief executive officer from beta conception through the opening of 12 operating units over three years. In 2002, the name changed from QuickMedx to MinuteClinic. In September 2006, pharmacy retailer CVS acquired MinuteClinic.

Over the past 30 years, Krieger has participated in the founding of seven startups in healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and finance.

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Take Care opens another retail clinic in the Phoenix market

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has opened another retail-based health clinic in the Phoenix area.

With the opening, Take Care now operates 12 clinics in the market. There are currently 287 clinics in 33 markets throughout 15 states.

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