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Rose remembered for understanding customers

BY Antoinette Alexander

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —Longtime industry veteran Larry Rose—a man who enjoyed gardening, golfing, the Pittsburgh Steelers and drug store retailing—died Nov. 18 at University Hospital after battling cancer. He was 66.

Rose, who earned his pharmacy degree from Temple University, spent more than 20 years with Thrift Drug, working his way up to become executive vice president of marketing. In 1987, he joined Fay’s Drug to serve as president and chief operating officer. During his three years with Fay’s, Rose instituted reforms in marketing and operations that helped position the company for growth.

After Fay’s, Rose spent eight years at Kinney Drugs as vice president of marketing. While at Kinney, Rose helped implement the retailer’s private-label program and created the retailer’s tag line “Convenience, just around the corner.” He also contributed many creative ideas to the company’s merchandising program. He retired from Kinney in 2001.

Craig Painter, chairman and chief executive officer of Kinney, said that Rose not only loved merchandising, but he also loved sharing stories.

“Anyone who knew him knew he had an assortment of stories,” Painter said. “He had a story for every occasion.”

In the workplace, Rose was known for being able to understand the drug store customer. “He had a knack for being able to understand what role the drug store had in satisfying the pharmacy patients, as well as the front-end customer. He had a nice ability to bridge that, and I think part of that came from his background in pharmacy and his love for merchandising,” Painter said. “On behalf of the folks at Kinney, we are thankful for the time he spent with us and the development of the front end of our stores.”

Kerr Drug president and chief executive officer Tony Civello, who first worked with Rose at Thrift Drug, said he is “deeply saddened by the passing” of Rose, a man who was not only an industry associate but a longtime friend.

“Larry Rose was the best merchant I ever met,” Civello said. “He taught me and many other people in his orbit the value of merchandising innovation and singular focus on the customer’s shopping experience. He will be missed.”

Rose is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elaine; his mother, Marion Rose; his siblings, Anthony J. Rose and Evelyn Rose Amoruso; his two children, Maria Rose Wehrle and Anthony M. Rose; and his seven grandchildren.

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Stick Me Designs adds style to glucose meter bags

BY Michael Johnsen

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Stick Me Designs, an emerging accessory designer of diabetes glucose carrying cases for women, teens and children, announced the launch of their glucose meter bag collection Friday.

“While the medical supply industry is busy working on adding color, convenience and function to their meters, they’ve forgotten the most important aspect of their portability—the carrying case,” stated Rickina Velte, founder of Stick Me Designs. “We’ve taken on the task of infusing design, style and function that adds personality to an everyday necessity for people with diabetes.”

The new diabetes bags offer choices in color, fabrics, design and functionality.

The first collection features four contemporary designs created for the One Touch Ultra glucose meter and other more traditional larger-style testing meters. The bags have elastic placeholders for lancet devices, testing strips and glucose tabs or candy. They also feature interior open and zippered pockets for such everyday essentials as credit cards, identification, money, sanitizing wipes and an outside zipper pocket for other essentials.

Stick Me Designs’ introductory collection also features hand-selected faux suedes, designer upholsteries and cotton fabrics in retro and contemporary styles and colors.

Suggested retail prices will range from $32.99 to $45.99, the company reported.

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Continucare opens first clinic at Navarro

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Continucare Corp. has announced the opening of its first ValuClinic in-store health clinic within a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hollywood, Fla.

Similar to many other retail-based clinic models, the walk-in clinic will treat acute conditions and will be staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

According to Gabe Navarro, chief executive officer of the Miami-based pharmacy chain, Continucare was on the verge of opening a few locations in the recently acquired Sedano’s stores, so Navarro proceeded with the openings.

In October, it was announced that Navarro Discount Pharmacy would merge its operations with Sedano’s Pharmacy & Discount Store. Sedano’s is a Hispanic drug retail company with 11 pharmacies in the southern Florida market. Combined, the entity has more than 30 stores with annual revenues of more than $350 million. All of the stores are operating under the Navarro banner in the southern Florida market.

According to Navarro, plans call for Continucare to have three ValuClinics open in Navarro stores by the end of the year. It expects to have a total of 15 clinics in operation in 2008.

In late 2006 it was announced that Navarro had partnered with Express Clinics to introduce in-store health clinics to the southern Florida market; however, it is possible that partnership will come to an end.

“It is uncertain whether Express Clinics will continue to operate clinics in our stores,” Navarro told Drug Store News. “[We] should know more in the coming weeks.”

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