Rite Aid aims to be Halloween headquarters
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid is positioning itself as the destination center for all things Halloween with a press release issued Wednesday touting the chain’s Halloween offerings.
“After Christmas, Halloween is our second biggest sales holiday,” stated Bryan Shirtliff, senior vice president of category management for Rite Aid. “Rite Aid has a great assortment of merchandise, guaranteed to help you celebrate Halloween in style, including costumes for kids and adults, indoor and outdoor decorations, and of course, candy … a staple of the Halloween holiday.”
Kinney announces services for flu, pneumonia, breast cancer, diabetes
GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. Kinney Drugs on Tuesday announced the addition of flu and pneumonia immunization clinics, breast cancer educational seminars, and diabetes screening/awareness programs in all of its markets.
The clinics started Sept. 29 and will continue through Nov. 28. Both flu and pneumonia vaccines will be free for people with Medicare Part B and many insurance programs are accepted. The immunizations will be administered by a registered nurse employed by Maxim Health Systems.
Breast Cancer Educational Programs will be available to customers at various stores throughout the chain. The programs offer a variety of educational information and services including a lecture by Lois Hjelmstad, a breast cancer survivor and author of two books. The program includes the Mobile Mammography, which operates within a coach-type bus and makes scheduled stops to bring mammograms to underserved populations in the northern New York, and a series of in-store educational programs through partnerships with community medical centers, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and local county Wellness Connection coordinators.
And during the month of November, Kinney Drugs is teaming with 27 medical centers and hospitals to conduct diabetes screenings as part of Diabetes Awareness Month. The screenings will be held in all Kinney Drugs markets; customers will be given their glucose level via finger stick blood test and information on diabetes awareness, prevention and better care. The American Diabetes Association will be on hand at most stores to answer questions and offer their programs and services.
Jean Coutu reports increase for Q1
LONGUEUIL, Quebec The Jean Coutu Group on Tuesday reported an 8.2 percent increase in operating income, which totaled $55.5 million (in U.S. currency) for the first quarter ending Sept. 1, and includes the company’s share of Rite Aid’s results.
The share of the loss in the Jean Coutu Group’s first quarter 2008 earnings amounted to $30.3 million.
“We are satisfied with our first quarter results,” stated Jean Coutu, the Group’s chairman. “We continued to improve sales growth and operating performance in our Canadian network while Rite Aid began the integration of the acquired Brooks Eckerd stores. As expected, this integration will require a lot of effort and resources initially, but will result in even stronger synergies than anticipated when the transaction was closed.”
The company also announced Tuesday that Francois Coutu will resume command of the Canadian operations as president aand chief executive officer of the company. Jean Coutu, who assumed control of the Jean Coutu Group shortly before talks between Rite Aid and the Canadian drug store chain commenced over the sale of Brooks and Eckerd, will continue as Jean Coutu Group chairman.