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Safeway to open on-site grocery store at Phoenix NASCAR event

BY Alaric DeArment

PHOENIX — Safeway will open a grocery store in the camping area of the Phoenix International Raceway starting next month.

PIR president Bryan Sperber said the store would open for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series weekend, which takes place Nov. 8-10, selling snacks and camping essentials.

"We are delighted to partner with Safeway to provide our fans with a first-class grocery store at Phoenix International Raceway during the AdvoCare 500 race weekend," Sperber said. "Our fans know that Safeway’s in-store experience is second to none, and we are excited to provide that same level of service at our AdvoCare 500 race weekend and for years to come."

The store will be 17,200 sq. ft., selling such items as charcoal and firewood, food and groceries, ice, beer, snacks, coffee, donuts, breakfast burritos and newspapers.

 

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Hy-Vee offers vaccinations, screenings, education as part of Midwest bus tour

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has specially outfitted an RV to provide basic health-and-wellness services for people across the Midwest as part of a tour of the region.

The supermarket-pharmacy chain’s Hy-Vee Healthy You Wellness Bus stopped in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, offering $45 health screenings, as well as education on heart health, the NuVal nutritional-ranking program at Hy-Vee stores, healthy cooking demonstrations and more. The bus includes two rooms for flu shots and screenings for blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, provided by Hy-Vee dietitians and pharmacists.

The year-round tour also will visit such events as the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City Chiefs football games and Drake Relays, as well as large employer health fairs and local events.

The bus will visit a Council Bluffs, Iowa, Hy-Vee Drug Store Wednesday and a Hy-Vee supermarket in Council Bluffs on Thursday. Locations next month include Omaha, Neb., Lincoln, Neb., Leawood, Kan., and others.

 

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Hamacher’s Dave Wendland to moderate DSN Diabetes & Chronic Care Roundtable for 10th-consecutive year

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland is moderating Drug Store News‘ Diabetes & Chronic Care Roundtable for the 10th-consecutive year, the company said Tuesday.

The roundtable, part of the DSN Industry Issues Summit, will take place on Dec. 3 at the New York Athletic Club in New York and include participants like Walgreens, Thrifty-White, Costco, H-E-B, Ahold, Kerr Drug, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson/Health Mart, as well as numerous suppliers.

"Dave has done a fabulous job in moderating our annual event," DSN publisher Wayne Bennett said. "He keeps the discussion lively and on point and is very well-informed on the trends, topics and opportunities that drive the diabetes care category forward at retail."

Wendland also looks forward to what Hamacher called a diverse discussion that will explore how the retail pharmacy industry can help patients manage serious health conditions.

"More so than ever, pharmacies need to be part of the adherence equation," Wendland said. "In addition to discussing ideas that can improve patient outcomes, I will put a spotlight on several innovative programs that are making a difference to diabetes patients. When retailers and suppliers work together, there is a much better chance of success. With everyone’s input, more robust, comprehensive programs can be created and executed, providing the best in patient care."

 

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