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An apple a day? Not quite

BY Drug Store News Team

TAMPA, Fla. — The old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," has been revamped by Publix.

By using compelling imagery in this strategically located floor sign, the supermarket chain is reminding shoppers in this Tampa, Fla., store that flu shots are available at its pharmacies.

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November sales at Fred’s exceed expectations

BY Allison Cerra

MEMPHIS — Total sales and comparable-store sales both rose during the month of November for Fred’s, the chain announced Tuesday.

Fred’s disclosed total sales for the four-week fiscal month ended Nov. 27 increased 6% to $146.3 million from the year-ago period, while comparable-store sales for the month rose 4.7% versus a decline of 3.3% during November 2009.

Fred’s also reported that total sales for the 10-month, year-to-date period increased 4% to nearly $1.51 billion, compared with $1.45 billion for year-ago period. On a comparable-store basis, year-to-date sales rose 2.4% on top of an increase of 0.5% in the same period last year.

Fred’s CEO Bruce Efird said that the sales results "exceeded [our] expectations," and attributed its successful month to Black Friday.

"Our company’s performance this past weekend marked a solid start to the holiday season and underscored the new merchandising and marketing plans highlighted in our third quarter earnings call last week. This could not have been accomplished without the great efforts of our operations team in preparing the stores for Black Friday and the holiday season," Efird said.

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‘The Tillman Story’ available on Blu-ray, DVD Feb. 1

BY Allison Cerra

CULVER CITY , Calif. — A documentary that examined the controversial death and cover-up of celebrated NFL star-turned-Army-ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD.

"The Tillman Story," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is slated to hit retail on Feb.1, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of "The Tillman Story" include a behind the scenes featurette. “The Tillman Story” will be available for the suggested retail price of $30.95 (Blu-ray) and $24.96 (DVD).

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