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Costco to accept food stamps at N.Y. stores in pilot program

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. Costco will accept food stamps at the new store it is building in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, the mass merchandiser said Friday.

The chain said it would implement the pilot program at the new store, which published reports have indicated will open in October and the company said will open “within the coming year,” as well as two stores in Queens and Brooklyn. The company said that if the test proved successful, it would be implemented throughout the chain.

“In the past, we have not been convinced that there was sufficient demand among our membership to justify the expense and possible inefficiencies associated with accepting food stamps,” CEO Jeff Sinegal said in a statement announcing the pilot program earlier this week. “However, we are mindful that many of our fellow citizens are facing unprecedented economic challenges at this time, and it seemed to us that it was worth reconsidering our position in that light.”

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CVS/pharmacy implements new coupon center

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy has implemented a new coupon center on its Web site that enables shoppers to compile their coupons, browse specific categories and even share the savings with friends and family by sending e-mail alerts.

“Millions of Americans turn to CVS.com for health-and-wellness information, prescription management tools and an unparalleled shopping experience,” stated Helena Foulkes, EVP and chief marketing officer for CVS Caremark. “Yet as more of our customers have been searching for quick and simple ways to cut costs on health care and everyday purchases, it has become an important goal for us to add features to CVS.com that meet this need. We are excited to unveil the CVS.com ‘Clip and Print’ Coupon Center and help make coupon-clipping a hassle-free experience for our customers.”

The new “Clip and Print” Coupon Center features coupons for everything from household items and snacks to health and beauty needs. Shoppers can browse through specific product categories, as well as local savings offers by entering an appropriate ZIP code. Both general manufacturer’s coupons and CVS-exclusive offers are included in the center. Shoppers can also share the savings with friends and family by clicking the “Spread the Word” button found next to each coupon offer.

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Walgreens continues expansion in Hawaii

BY Drug Store News Team

DEERFIELD, Ill. Hawaii will welcome its fourth Walgreens this Sunday in Kailua located in windward Oahu.

The Kailua location will be the Deerfield, Ill.-based company’s second grand opening in windward Oahu after the neighboring Kaneohe store opened in late 2008.

The new location will be smaller than a typical full-service store, though the addition of a drive-through pharmacy and Kailua’s recognizable location as a center of commerce and tourism drives excitement from company officials.

Plans have been made to open 25 to 30 more stores in Hawaii.

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