- New Rite Aid group VP pharmacy initiatives and clinical services to oversee Wellness Ambassador program
- Rite Aid posts $71.5 million profit in third quarter 2014
- Rite Aid introduces interactive higi health stations across the chain
- Rite Aid Health Alliance aims at strengthening patient engagement
- Rite Aid Q4 revenues up 2.2% to $6.6 billion
DETROIT — Materially expanding the business of pharmacy — it's not just a job for the big chains. The Detroit News on Tuesday published a story regarding the new wellness formats being showcased by both Walgreens and Rite Aid, respectively, and included some perspective from a local operator.
These wellness formats feature a more interactive pharmacist and proactive health consultations, something that had traditionally served as a point of difference between national chains, regionals and independents.
So now independents are responding with a more upscale positioning across its front end to match the moves by the national chains. “It’s becoming the future-store template,” Rita Sayegh, retail director for Mills Pharmacy and Apothecary in Birmingham, told the News. “We’ve incorporated a kind of gourmet convenience store as well, where you can stop in, get some everyday staples and try a new wine, organic or imported foods, as well as gorgeous, gift-worthy items.”