Chicago is Walmart’s kind of town
CHICAGO — Walmart has succeeded in bringing its smaller-format store concept to Chicago, helping to make the case that the retailer can find success in more urban markets, including New York, which thus far has eluded the retailer.
The company announced that it has secured locations in West Englewood for Walmart Market and Walmart Express stores. According to the company, West Englewood is in the heart of a food desert and is one of Chicago’s most underserved communities.
In addition to the West Englewood Market and Express stores, Walmart’s Chicago plans include the opening in spring 2012 of a supercenter in Pullman. In winter 2012, the retailer plans to open another supercenter in West Chatham, as well as an Express store.
“When I met with Walmart last year, I encouraged them to take an approach that addressed the needs of the urban shopper if they truly wanted to make a difference in our underserved neighborhoods,” said Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. “Today, it appears that Walmart has done just that by creating smaller, urban store formats that will better serve our communities. I applaud their leadership in creating jobs and providing retail and grocery services in areas of the city that need it most.”
The Walmart Express stores will be less than 30,000 sq. ft. and will focus on a broad assortment of brands at everyday low prices, selling grocery, pharmacy and limited general merchandise, the company reported. Walmart Market — previously called Neighborhood Market — will range in size from 30,000 sq. ft. to 60,000 sq. ft. and will provide a wider assortment of fresh grocery, as well as a bakery and delicatessen.
“Mayor Daley has been a champion of economic development in the city, and his support of Walmart through the years has allowed us the opportunity to do what we do best: open stores that create jobs and offer a broad assortment of products at everyday low prices,” said Julie Murphy, Walmart U.S. SVP, who is based in Chicago. “Moving forward, we will continue to identify sites in Chicago’s food deserts, while also looking for opportunities to help even more Chicagoans save money and live better.”
Report: Busy Breathers backpack gains distribution in Colorado Walgreens
STERLING, Colo. — The value in enabling innovation and niche marketing at the store level was evidenced in a Journal-Advocate report Tuesday around the introduction of an innovative healthcare product that was picked up across three individual Walgreens.
The full report can be found here.
Armed with a $15,000 grant from the Huggies MomInspired grant program, Michelle Staley currently is building out her business around an oxygen-tank-friendly backpack called Busy Breathers, which would appeal to two prescription-heavy demographics — preemie babies and seniors suffering from COPD.
Staley was inspired to design the backpack to accommodate her son, who was born prematurely and required oxygen over the first two years of life.
In addition to propositioning Colorado-area Walgreens, Staley also is seeking distribution through oxygen and medical supply companies, according to the report.
The bag is designed for use by adults or children and can hold three cylinders of oxygen, with an opening for the tubing through the side, a rubberized handle, an "across the chest" strap with extra padding, two-sided zippers and a mesh opening to determine the amount of oxygen left in the tank. Suggested retail price is $39.99.
The website for the product is BusyBreathersLLC.com.
Walgreens sponsors American Red Cross life-saving trainings
DEERFIELD, Ill. — One of the nation’s largest drug store chains announced its sponsorship of nationwide life-saving trainings hosted by the American Red Cross.
The “Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday” event, which will be held March 19, will offer free training and instruction on hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding, and recognizing and managing shock. The event is named after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured, along with several other citizens, during the recent Tucson, Ariz., shooting. Six people were killed.
Locations, times and registration information can be found at RedCross.org/SaveALife or by contacting a local Red Cross chapter.
“This is a great way for Walgreens to give back to hundreds of communities that have welcomed us over the years,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “Every person who is CPR-trained is a potential life-saver 365 days a year. This is invaluable and important training that we’re proud to help provide in partnership with the American Red Cross and in honor of Rep. Giffords as she continues her recovery.”