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CVS Caremark supports AHA by participating in National Wear Red Day

BY Rebecca Haughey

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark will participate in the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on Feb. 7, by encouraging colleagues at 7,600 CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide to wear red and create awareness of the battle against heart disease in women.

CVS Caremark also will host heart-healthy education events for their colleagues across the country, and will make a $10,000 donation to the AHA in support of National Wear Red Day. For more than 10 years, the AHA has sponsored National Wear Red Day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. 

"Heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women in the United States," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Caremark and president of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "Through these efforts, we can engage our colleagues in taking action against heart disease while supporting our purpose of helping people on their path to better health in the communities where we live and work."

For more information on the Go Red Campaign, and for heart healthy tools and resources, visit GoRedforWomen.org.

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Vapor4Life debuts e-cigar

BY Ryan Chavis

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Vapor4Life, a developer and distributor of e-cigarettes and e-cigars, unveiled its new E-Cigar King line at the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 29. E-Cigar King aims to provide a true cigar smoking experience, the company said.

“The E-Cigar King has been a mission of my love and desire to have my favorite cigar flavors anywhere, any time. I spent many years and many millions in R&D to satisfy my need for the perfect cigar substitute and enjoy smoking it most anywhere,” Steve Milin, Vapor4Life founder and CEO, said.

The E-Cigar King produces a cloud of vapor that looks like cigar smoke, but without the burning of tobacco. The product is available in limited-edition collector cigar boxes. The line also includes a full line of rechargeable batteries, refillable cartridges, e-liquids, kits and accessories. 
 

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Whole Foods acquires seven Dominick’s leases

BY Dan Berthiaume

AUSTIN, TX — Whole Foods Market has acquired leases from Safeway Inc. for seven locations formerly operated as Dominick’s stores. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Whole Foods expects the locations to remain closed for remodeling in 2014 and re-open as new Whole Foods Market stores in 2015. The transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to earnings per share in fiscal year 2014, primarily due to the pre-opening rent associated with these new leases. The company has three stores in development in the Hyde Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago and in Lake Forest with openings scheduled through calendar year 2017.

The leases are located in the neighborhoods and towns of Edgewater, Lincoln Park, Streeterville, Wet Loop, Elmhurst, Evanston, and Willowbrook.

"We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to quickly and significantly expand our presence in the greater Chicago area," said Michael Bashaw, Whole Foods Market Midwest regional president. "These locations fit well with our 19 existing stores as well as the three stores currently in development. We plan to remodel each store to reflect its community and look forward to offering fresh, natural and organic foods to a broader base of Chicago customers."

 

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