Duane Reade, Alvin Valley offer shoppers designer alternative to plastic bags
NEW YORK Pharmacy retailer Duane Reade has teamed up with designer Alvin Valley to offer shoppers a new designer eco-tote available at Duane Reade stores. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New Yorkers for a Green New York, a non-profit organization aimed at converting Manhattan into a sustainable “green” city.
To celebrate the new eco-tote, Valley and NYGNY founders Amanda Hearst and Annie Churchill participated in a bag-signing event at the Duane Reade store located at 1430 Broadway store on Feb. 6.
“This is clearly a way to drive awareness of the program and for us to offer New Yorkers an alternative to plastic bags,” David D’Arezzo, interim chief executive officer and chief marketing officer of Duane Reade, told Drug Store News during the event.
According to D’Arezzo, the company will donate $2 for each eco-tote purchased to NYGNY in support of The Stevenson Green Roof Project, a public-private partnership that brings new opportunities for learning and stewardship to the Bronx community. The eco-totes are priced at $14.99 each.
Beginning Feb. 7, a limited number of eco-totes will be available at three Duane Reade stores: 636 Broadway at Bleecker Street Midtown; 1430 Broadway at 40th Street Uptown; and 125 East 86th Street at Lexington Ave. The eco-totes will be widely available at all Duane Reade stores beginning in April in conjunction with Earth Month.
The mission of The Stevenson Green Roof Project is to transform the concrete roof of a building housing seven schools into a living laboratory for hands-on learning. To date, more than $1 million has been committed in pro bono goods and services and maintenance for the life of the green roof.
Former Rite Aid human resources vp joins Reader’s Digest
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. Todd McCarty, former Rite Aid senior vice president of human resources, has joined The Reader’s Digest Association as senior vice president, global human resources, effective March 1, the association announced earlier this week.
“I am very pleased that Todd McCarty, a highly accomplished Human Resources executive, will be heading our global HR team at this important and exciting time in our company’s history,” stated Mary Berner, president and chief executive officer of the association. “He has a strong grounding in performance-based management, which is an ideal fit with our emphasis on cultural transformation and fostering a high-performing organization.”
McCarty is succeeded at Rite Aid by Steve Parsons, who was promoted to the position on Monday, Rite Aid announced.
Marsh celebrates five new store conversions
INDIANAPOLIS Marsh Supermarkets announced Tuesday it will celebrate five store conversions on Thursday, hosting a staff meet-and-greet for customers from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The five stores, each a former LoBill Foods, have been newly updated, the company stated. Four of the five locations will operate under the Marsh Hometown Market banner with the Noblesville location joining the two existing Noblesville stores under the Marsh banner.
The newly converted stores bring the number of Marsh Hometown Markets to 46.
“Between the five locations, Marsh has committed nearly $1 million to update the stores,” stated Frank Lazaran, Marsh chairman, chief executive officer and president.
Marsh is launching two special customer programs at these five stores, including a New Mom’s program that provides savings on items new parents frequently purchase and a Senior Rewards program, which provides 5 percent discounts on Thursdays for shoppers 60 years and older.