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Fred’s Pharmacy adds 3 to senior management team

BY Brian Berk

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy added three members to its senior management team, naming Gregory Froton SVP merchandising, general merchandise; promoting Kimberley Felice-Dooley to SVP merchandising, consumables; and appointing Steve Wuebker SVP supply chain

 “We are thrilled to have Greg, Kimberley, and Steve join Fred’s Pharmacy,” said Fred’s CEO Michael K. Bloom. “Their extensive retail pharmacy experience and knowledge of our industry make them valuable additions to the leadership team in areas critical to our business. As we continue to focus on strengthening our world-class team, Fred’s is well-positioned to execute our transformational strategy, accelerate growth, and enhance our value proposition for the benefit of all our stakeholders.”

Froton brings over 30 years retail experience to Fred’s Pharmacy. His merchandising expertise and knowledge spans over multiple retail channels including drug, mass, department and specialty formats.  Froton worked for CVS Health for more than 17 years, holding the positions of Category Manager, Divisional Merchandising Manager, and most recently was VP General Merchandise and International Sourcing.

Felice-Dooley has held various leadership positions with CVS from 2006 until 2016, including Director of Category Management Skincare & Fragrance and Director of Category Management Candy. Prior to joining CVS in 2006, she served in varying capacities at Federated Department Stores, beginning in 1997.

Wuebker most recently served as President and CEO of Prospect Brands. Prior, he held positions with Ralph Lauren from 2006 to 2015, including SVP Global Supply Chain. Wuebker also has experience with Gap, Inc., Toys ‘R Us, and PepsiCo.

“Gregory brings to the Company an impressive track record of producing innovative merchandise and customer focused solutions to drive sales and margin,” said Bloom. “Steve is a leading global operations executive with expertise in all aspects of operations management, including strategy, FP&A, and large-scale business transformation project management, and he has already proven an effective and valuable member of the Fred’s Pharmacy team since his appointment a few months ago. Additionally, since joining Fred’s Pharmacy in July 2016, Kimberley has contributed her extensive retail experience and will continue to be a vital component to our consumables growth going forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with these highly qualified individuals as we implement upgrades to our infrastructure and continue the optimization of our business.”

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ShopRite offers free February cholesterol and blood glucose screenings

BY Brian Berk

KEASBEY, N.J. — ShopRite is offering free cholesterol and blood glucose screenings throughout February in honor of American Health Month. Walk-in screenings are available at all of its locations, with no fasting needed.

“While shoppers are crossing grocery items off their lists, they can also conveniently check off an important step in taking charge of their health,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “Knowing your cholesterol level is critical to understanding your risk for heart disease, while blood glucose levels are a key indicator for developing or having diabetes.”

According to ShopRite, controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels are two of the actions included on the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7,” which are key measures and behaviors that can help people stay healthy and lower their risk for heart disease, stroke and other major problems. About 40 of American adults have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL or higher, putting them at greater risk for heart disease.

“We can check both cholesterol and blood glucose levels with one simple test,” said Menza-Crowe. “With this knowledge, you can be sure you’re on a healthy path — or you can work with your doctor to make adjustments that get you back on track.”

Keasbey-based ShopRite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food, a retailer-owned cooperative. There are more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland. 

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CVS’s MinuteClinic to provide free heart health screenings on Valentine’s Day

BY Brian Berk

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is offering a special Valentine’s Day service for its customers. The retailer’s medical clinic on Tuesday is providing free “Know Your Numbers” heart health screenings at its more than 1,100 locations nationwide. Men and women who visit MinuteClinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. can receive a free heart health preventive screening to learn five key personal health numbers that can reduce their risk of heart disease: total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index.

"Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly one in three women in the U.S. each year. It's a daunting statistic and the reason MinuteClinic is pleased to offer these free screenings on Valentine's Day," said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. "During the screenings, patients will receive vital information about their health and will be counseled on ways to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Most importantly, our providers will be arming them with the tools they need to take charge of their health."  

The free Valentine’s Day health screenings are inspired by CVS Health’s new three-year sponsorship of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, a national campaign to raise awareness of heart diseases and stroke in women to empower them to take charge of their heart health. CVS has pledged a minimum of $10 million during the next three years to support this cause.

In addition to free heart health screenings, CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red For Women by making $1, $3 or a larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide.

Every MinuteClinic locations offers comprehensive health screenings year-round. 

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