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Duane Reade sponsors annual AIDS walk in NYC

BY Drew Buono

NEW YORK Duane Reade is a sponsoring the 12th Annual AIDS Walk New York on May 18 in Central Park, which raises money for Gay Men’s Health Crisis and 50 other HIV-centric programs and services in the tri-state area.

The Manhattan-based pharmacy chain is donating $50,000 as a grand-level sponsor of the event.

“Duane Reade is proud to be a grand sponsor of the 12th annual AIDS Walk New York, and we applaud the efforts of GMHC to promote awareness and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in our city,” stated Jim Scarfone, senior vice president of human resources and administration for Duane Reade and a trustee of the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation. “As the leading drug store retailer in New York, we are committed to supporting organizations like GMHC that address serious health issues in the communities we serve.”

In the last 12 years, AIDS Walk New York has raised $97 million for programs and services that strive to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and to support those afflicted with the illness.

To learn more about the event visit www.aidswalk.net/newyork.

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Tesco Fresh & Easy rolling out 250 new products

BY Doug Desjardins

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Tesco Fresh & Easy is adding more than 250 products to the chain’s already large private label offering as it fine tunes stores during a 90-day break on expansion that began in early April. New products include more fresh prepared meals, juices and meats.

One new product already in stores is the Mixed Grill Pack, which retails for $9.99 and contains four sausages, four beef patties, four chicken thighs and four drumsticks. Other products are due to arrive in stores over the next two months. The chain also plans to add brighter signs and other new merchandising elements in its next store opening on July 2 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Fresh & Easy chief executive officer Tim Mason said in a statement that the chain is adding new products in response to feedback from customers. “We continue to listen to our customers and look for ways to make their shopping trip even better.”

Tesco currently has 61 stores in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and expects to have up to 200 by 2009.

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Former Starbucks ceo Donald appointed to Rite Aid board

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid’s Board of Directors Wednesday morning announced the appointment of Jim Donald, former president and chief executive officer of Starbucks, to the board.

Donald will fill the seat on the 14-member board vacated by Robert Mariano, who was elected in June 2006 for a three-year term and has resigned, the company reported.

Donald, 54, joined Starbucks in October 2002 as president, North America, where he managed business development and operations for all Starbuck stores in the U.S. and Canada and in March 2005, was promoted to president and chief executive officer. During his tenure, the company grew to more than 15,000 stores in 43 countries. Prior to joining Starbucks, Donald served from 1996 to 2002 as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pathmark Stores, an East Coast regional supermarket chain.

His more than 30 years in retailing includes being handpicked by Sam Walton to help lead Wal-Mart’s development and expansion of the Wal-Mart Super Center, where he oversaw all merchandising, distribution, store design and real estate operations from 1991 to 1994. He has also served in a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s and Safeway, where he had a reputation for improving the financial performance of stores under his supervision.

Donald’s term will expire at the company’s annual meeting in June 2009, at which time he is expected to stand for re-election.

Donald received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Century University in Albuquerque, N.M.

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