Navarro means pharmacy for Miami’s Hispanic community

MIAMI — With new leadership at the helm, Navarro Discount Pharmacy continues its goal of catering to the needs of the Hispanic community in the Miami area. Navarro is the largest Hispanic-owned drug store chain in the United States, with 28 locations that cater to the Hispanic market through their product offerings and services.

The company, which garnered about $320 million in sales in 2009, tapped in late 2009 former Bigg’s executive Steve Kaczynski to serve as CEO, and has since further bolstered its management team as part of its expansion strategy.

In October 2010, the retailer announced the hiring of Kevin Shiplett as SVP wholesale and business development, Paul DiBrito as director of real estate and construction, and Emilio Yepez as director of e-commerce.

“Together, they’ll be working on renovating and expanding existing locations, adding new locations, identifying new partnerships and business development opportunities, and adding e-commerce capabilities to our website,” Kaczynski stated. The new online store will expand Navarro’s product offering throughout the United States and strategic foreign markets.

As part of its effort to meet the needs of the Hispanic market, the company has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers, which now includes information about juvenile diabetes. This year, the Diabetes Club primarily focuses on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes.

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