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Closeup of newest DR flagship shows off food, Look Boutique

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Drug Store News took a tour to get a first-hand glimpse. —Duane Reade recently took the wraps off its flagship store in Union Square, a large, sleek location that brings together under one roof the retailer’s newest innovations.

Upon entering the 24-hour location, which is on the site once occupied by a Virgin Megastore, consumers are greeted by an expansive food offering that includes an island of such meals-on-the-go as oatmeal, sushi, sandwiches and salads; baked goods with a self-service coffee bar; and an array of frozen foods.

The 13,944-sq.-ft. store also is an impressive destination for beauty, and features an expanded Look Boutique, complete with a Ramy Brow Bar offering a menu of tweezing, shaping and sculpting options for eyebrows.

Located toward the rear of the store near the pharmacy department is a walk-in physician-staffed medical clinic known as a “Doctor on Premises,” which is operated by New York Walk-In Medical Group. There now are seven such clinics, which are affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, operating within select Duane Reade stores.

To further cater to the active neighborhood, the store also offers a large open cooler of beer; an endcap dubbed “Restaurant Row,” which features such food items as pasta sauces from New York restaurateurs; and a self-service Blockbuster movie rental kiosk. Given that the store practically is surrounded by New York University dorms, it accepts NYU Campus Cash.

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Jewel-Osco celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’

BY Allison Cerra

ITASCA, Ill. A Midwest food and drug retailer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community.

Jewel-Osco is holding its signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” (Taste of Hispanic Heritage), on Sept. 22, and is dedicated to recognizing the continuous efforts and outstanding contributions made by leaders from the civic, business and nonprofit sectors of the community. During the VIP reception, Jewel-Osco will honor three social service agencies for their efforts and their commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. This year, Jewel-Osco will award a total of $15,000 in grants to Association House, Namaste Charter School and The Resurrection Project.  The work of these organizations reflects Jewel-Osco’s pledge to support initiatives that mirror the company’s charitable giving strategy, which focuses on three areas: hunger relief, nutrition education and environmental stewardship, the retailer said.

The event also will highlight the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine, by showcasing exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College.

“We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with an event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Latino community,” said Jewel-Osco president, Keith Nielsen. “‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’ supports the culinary talent of Hispanic youth and recognizes the exceptional contributions of this community.”

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Safeway donates $25K, food and supplies to benefit San Bruno victims

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. Following a devastating gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Safeway announced it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.

Safeway also said it would provide food, supplies and grocery gift cards to families who were impacted. Roughly 80 Safeway stores in the surrounding counties are collecting donations at checkstands for the American Red Cross’ San Bruno relief effort.

Safeway operates 1,712 stores in the United States.

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