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CVS/pharmacy opens first store in Memphis

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy celebrated on Wednesday the grand opening of its first store in the city of Memphis, with more stores planned for the market over the next few years.

Shelby County Mayor Joseph Ford joined CVS officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are pleased to be opening stores in Memphis and expanding our presence in the state of Tennessee,” stated Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy. “Our mission at CVS is to make pharmacy solutions effective and easy for our customers, so we look forward to providing high-quality and convenient pharmacy services at a great value to our new customers in Memphis.”

The new Memphis CVS/pharmacy is located at 9861 Highway 64. Additional locations on Winchester Rd. and Stage Rd. in Memphis will open later this year, and more stores are planned for the market over the next few years.

As part of the grand opening celebration, CVS/pharmacy announced that, since 2004, it has raised $16 million through its participation in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual Thanks and Giving holiday fundraising campaign to support the expansion of the hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Center. St. Jude will hold a ceremony to dedicate the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center following the CVS/pharmacy grand opening.

“This new facility plays a critical role in helping St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provide care that not only saves lives, but protects children’s quality of life during treatment for catastrophic diseases,” added Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “Partners like CVS Caremark help ensure that every child who comes through our doors has hope for a brighter future.”

“The CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center was made possible by our customers who support the Thanks and Giving campaign every year and by the dedicated work of our employees,” stated Merlo. “We are very proud that this new facility is helping St. Jude give children the support they need to reach their greatest potential.”

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Weis Markets creates regional VP position

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis on Monday announced three new regional VPs — a new position at the company — responsible for overseeing its 164 stores, according to published reports.

The new VPs are Jerry Hatch, Brad Kochenour and Mike Mignola.

Hatch was a regional director overseeing stores in the Northeast and central Pennsylvania. He will cover a similar territory as regional VP.

Kochenour, who also served as a regional director, will oversee a region extending from Altoona, Pa., to Newton, N.J.

And Mignola will oversee stores in Maryland and West Virginia, as well as stores in Lancaster, Pa. and York, Pa. Mignola most recently was a general manager for Weis stores in Maryland and West Virginia.

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NCR rolls out Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks in Bashas, Food City

BY Allison Cerra

DULUTH, Ga. NCR Corp. recently installed Blockbuster Express DVD-rental kiosks at more than 100 Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets in Arizona.

Each Blockbuster Express kiosk holds more than 900 DVDs, providing the largest selection of popular movie titles and new releases of any DVD rental kiosk. No membership is required – customers simply swipe their credit card and are charged $1 per night for a rental. A DVD can then be returned to any Blockbuster Express kiosk – not just where the DVD was rented.

“Our customers can now get great deals on everyday grocery items and new-release movie rentals at our stores,” said Kristy Nied, director of communications for Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Blockbuster Express kiosk allows us to combine an inexpensive at-home meal with an affordable, convenient entertainment option.”

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