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H-E-B buys three Albertsons LLC stores

BY Allison Cerra

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B has acquired three Texas-based Albertsons LLC stores.

The Albertsons locations in College Station, Kerrville and New Braunfels will close in October. The Kerrville location, a 49,000-sq.-ft. store, will be remodeled and converted into an H-E-B, while the other two properties will be made available for lease, as the company opened new stores in the College Station and New Braunfels last year. As part of the transition, Albertsons pharmacy customers will be transferred to H-E-B, while current employees are being offered the opportunity to interview for positions at H-E-B.

"We view these acquisitions as an opportunity to expand the retail experience in these communities and offer new jobs," H-E-B group VP of public affairs and diversity Winell Herron said.

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H. D. Smith names IT vet David Guzmán chief information officer

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H. D. Smith on Monday appointed David Guzmán as chief information officer.

“Health information technology is critical to community health care and essential to any retail or institutional setting, providing the innovative tools that allow pharmacists to ensure a medicine is on hand and costs are closely watched,” H. D. Smith chairman and CEO Dale Smith said.  “David has shown exceptional sensitivity to making technology work for customers and will help H. D. Smith apply inventive thinking to tools that improve competitive service to community pharmacies and health systems nationally.”

In his new role, Guzmán will be responsible for developing and implementing information technology initiatives to enhance the customer experience, as well as to advance H. D. Smith’s supply-chain and cost-management systems.

Guzmán is an information technology veteran with nearly 30 years of service at Fortune 500 companies in finance, retail, consumer product and health service industries. He joins H. D. Smith from Axciom, an information-service providers, where he was chief information and technology officer.

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Rite Aid offering flu shots at all pharmacies

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Flu shots are available at every Rite Aid store around the country, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Rite Aid said more than 11,500 pharmacists are on hand at its 4,700 stores to administer flu shots. Customers who receive the $27.99 shots at Rite Aid will get a coupon booklet with more than $100 in savings on health and wellness, beauty and household products. In addition, Wellness+ members will earn 25 reward points.

"As one of the most accessible healthcare providers, Rite Aid pharmacists play a vital role in the health and well-being of their patients and communities every day, and especially during flu season," Rite Aid EVP pharmacy Robert Thompson said. "With every Rite Aid pharmacist now available to administer flu shots, it’s easier than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season."

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