Bottom Dollar Food announces opening dates for stores in Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Ohio, markets
SALISBURY, N.C. — Bottom Dollar Food announced grand opening dates for its first 14 stores in the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets, with its first seven stores opening on Jan. 26. Seven additional stores will open on Feb. 9.
In addition to its new stores in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, Bottom Dollar Food remains focused on continuing to expand in the greater Philadelphia market, which currently encompasses 24 stores in the state of Pennsylvania and five stores in New Jersey. After the 14 grand openings in January and February, Bottom Dollar Food will operate 43 stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Bottom Dollar Food opened its first store in High Point, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2005.
As previously reported, Bottom Dollar Food’s parent company, Delhaize America, announced it will close underperforming stores and convert several stores into Food Lion stores.
Safeway employees clocked 1 million volunteer hours in 2011
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced that employees volunteered more than 1 million hours in 2011 as a result of a companywide effort to mobilize its work force and transform communities.
"The number of hours, along with the stories about employees who unselfishly gave their valuable time, are inspiring and humbling," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "Through their generosity, our employees are making a meaningful difference in the communities where they work and live."
While volunteerism has long been part of Safeway’s culture, the company launched a more formal volunteer initiative in 2010, designed to build on efforts already under way and assist those employees who wanted to find the activities and organizations that best suited their interests and talents.
Employees from the company’s retail, distribution, supply and administrative operations routinely participate in fundraisers, cleanup efforts and a broad range of other volunteer activities. Safeway employees are serving as Little League coaches, Scout Masters and food bank volunteers. Others organize neighborhood watch programs and coordinate school fundraisers. Safeway truck drivers have volunteered to transport food and supplies for disaster preparedness organizations. Company lawyers and tax specialists have provided legal assistance to nonprofits and prepared tax filings for senior citizens — all on their own time.
Safeway is a long-time sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and holds a companywide fundraiser for the organization annually. The campaign concludes with the MDA Labor Day Telethon, when scores of Safeway employees join other volunteers throughout the United States to staff phone banks and process donation pledges.
More recently, Safeway partnered with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, to renovate homes and community centers during the month of April. On their own time, Safeway employees in 10 cities refurbished homes, senior centers and community centers, making them more accessible to people with disabilities and performing major and minor repairs.
Through its Volunteer Initiative, Safeway set out to aggregate these existing volunteer efforts and recognize those employees who volunteered a significant amount of their time to various causes. The company also sought to help employees who were looking for volunteer opportunities. Through a partnership with Volunteer Match, an organization that provides businesses with Web-based solutions to facilitate and track volunteer engagement at local and national levels, Safeway employees are able to find volunteer opportunities in their communities that meet their specific interests, talents and availability.
Starting in January 2011, Safeway employees logged each hour they volunteered and by the end of the year they logged their 1 millionth hour. Safeway employees have been challenged to meet or exceed that number by the end of 2012.
Take Care Clinic’s new scheduling option comes as industry gears up for growth
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that Take Care Health Systems now enables patients to schedule an appointment online, as well as in the clinic, is important as it further demonstrates the clinic operator’s commitment to delivering convenient access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services. Furthermore, the added convenience comes at a time when the convenient care industry is gearing up for growth.
(THE NEWS: Take Care Clinics now offering real-time appointment scheduling option, click here.)
As the article states, patients can schedule appointments online, as well as access a cost menu to evaluate the cost of services and get up-to-date information on patient satisfaction scores.
While wait times vary by location, time of day and season, patients typically experience less than a 20-minute wait before a healthcare provider sees them. Patient visits generally take 20 minutes, which means they can be in and out in less than an hour.
To find out the wait time at a specific location, patients log on to the site, enter their location and the location finder will list all the nearby Take Care Clinic addresses and expected wait times:
- Short: less than 30 minutes;
- Medium: 30 to 60 minutes;
- Long: more than one hour; and
- Very long: more than two hours.
The added convenience comes as all signs point to growth for the convenient care industry. As previously reported by Drug Store News, a recent Rand Corp. study found that the use of retail-based health clinics increased tenfold between 2007 and 2009.
The study identified the strongest predictors of retail clinic usage as being:
- Distance (close proximity);
- Age (ages 18 to 44 years, those older than age 65 years were excluded);
- Health (no chronic illnesses);
- Income (those from zip codes with median incomes of more than $59,000); and
- Sex (women were more likely to use clinics than men).
It also is important to note that the American Journal of Managed Care, which published the study, stated that if the trends within the convenient care industry continue, then health plans can expect to see a dramatic increase in clinic usage.