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Winn-Dixie stocks stores with hurricane-prevention merch

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie on Thursday announced that it is stocking its stores with items to help their consumers prepare for what is expected to be a busy hurricane season — as many as 12 named storms are expected to form in the coming year.

Red Cross and emergency management officials urge people to have a “hurricane kit” with enough bottled water, canned and non-perishable foods, paper products, flashlights and batteries to last at least three days in case a tropical storm knocks out power, Winn-Dixie noted in its press release. Experts suggest keeping on hand one gallon of water per person per day, along with food and first aid supplies.

The Jacksonville-based grocer is also selling Oregon Scientific Weather Radios for $39.99 in all of its 520 stores across Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. The radios broadcast emergency local weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service and are powered by normal house current with a battery backup.

Winn-Dixie also has equipped its regional distribution centers in Miami; Orlando, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Hammond, La., and 82 stores throughout its operating area with 500-kilowatt, diesel-powered generators in areas that have been affected by power outages associated with hurricanes and tropical storms in recent years. All of the generators have been tested and are ready for use.

“The installation of these powerful generators allows us to be better prepared and serve our customers in the event of a storm,” stated Robin Miller, director of communications for Winn-Dixie. “They will enable our stores to remain open and functional in the aftermath of a hurricane or tropical storm, even if local power has not been restored.”

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CVS/pharmacy implements new coupon center

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy has implemented a new coupon center on its Web site that enables shoppers to compile their coupons, browse specific categories and even share the savings with friends and family by sending e-mail alerts.

“Millions of Americans turn to CVS.com for health-and-wellness information, prescription management tools and an unparalleled shopping experience,” stated Helena Foulkes, EVP and chief marketing officer for CVS Caremark. “Yet as more of our customers have been searching for quick and simple ways to cut costs on health care and everyday purchases, it has become an important goal for us to add features to CVS.com that meet this need. We are excited to unveil the CVS.com ‘Clip and Print’ Coupon Center and help make coupon-clipping a hassle-free experience for our customers.”

The new “Clip and Print” Coupon Center features coupons for everything from household items and snacks to health and beauty needs. Shoppers can browse through specific product categories, as well as local savings offers by entering an appropriate ZIP code. Both general manufacturer’s coupons and CVS-exclusive offers are included in the center. Shoppers can also share the savings with friends and family by clicking the “Spread the Word” button found next to each coupon offer.

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Walgreens continues expansion in Hawaii

BY Drug Store News Team

DEERFIELD, Ill. Hawaii will welcome its fourth Walgreens this Sunday in Kailua located in windward Oahu.

The Kailua location will be the Deerfield, Ill.-based company’s second grand opening in windward Oahu after the neighboring Kaneohe store opened in late 2008.

The new location will be smaller than a typical full-service store, though the addition of a drive-through pharmacy and Kailua’s recognizable location as a center of commerce and tourism drives excitement from company officials.

Plans have been made to open 25 to 30 more stores in Hawaii.

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