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Drug stores top destination for cold, flu and allergy purchases

BY Michael Johnsen

When it comes to where to shop, drug stores (72%) emerge as the most popular destination for cold, flu and allergy remedies among all respondents surveyed, according to an online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers conducted in August. Poll findings differ, however, among respondents in households with children — where mass merchandisers are used equally with drug stores (70% and 69%, respectively). To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is an exclusive consumer insights feature that appears regularly in DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask more than 6,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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Harris Teeter to present $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Saturday, Harris Teeter will make a $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina at the start of the Andrew Roby’s annual “Pitchin’ for Wishes” Cornhole Tournament at Freedom Park, the grocer announced. The money was raised through Harris Teeter vendors who will participate in a cornhole tournament hosted by Harris Teeter on Friday. 

The winners of the Harris Teeter cornhole tournament will also participate in the “Pitchin’ for Wishes” tournament.

Andrew Roby has hosted “Pitchin’ for Wishes” since 2008 and raised over $350,000 for charity.


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Parent company of Bi-Lo, Winn Dixie files IPO registration

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarkets, on Thursday announced that it has filed a registration statement on a proposed initial public offering.  

The shares are expected to be offered by Southeastern Grocers, and the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank Securities will act as representatives of the underwriters for the offering, and, together with William Blair and Wells Fargo Securities, will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. 

The move will make Winn-Dixie part of a public company, again — the Southeastern grocer had become private following the announcement of its acquisition by Bi-Lo in December, 2011. 

Revenues raised from the IPO may be used to rejuvenate a pair of recent Bi-Lo acquisitions, though Southeastern Grocers did not issue a comment regarding how any raised capital would be used. 

In March, the parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains bought three chains (165 stores) from Belgium-based Delhaize Group, including the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s banners, for $265 million. 

And earlier this month, Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly stores across South Carolina and coastal Georgia.


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