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Harris Teeter assembles 2,000 Thanksgiving meals for local food bank

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter associates on Monday donated enough products for its associates to assemble 2,000 Thanksgiving dinner bags for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

“At a time when 1-in-7 of the individuals in our 34-county service area are in need of some type of assistance to put food on their table not only during the holidays, but year round, we are grateful for the continued support of our longtime friends at Harris Teeter," stated Peter Werbicki, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. "Through this effort by Harris Teeter, 8,000 meals are provided to families in our community this holiday season.”

Last week, Harris Teeter announced its partnership with MillerCoors in Operation Homefront Thanksgiving Feast for Military Families, to take place Tuesday. Harris Teeter is preparing Thanksgiving meals for 400 families of DC National Guard members.

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Kerr Drug donates used company vehicles to charity

BY Alaric DeArment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Kerr Drug’s philanthropic arm is donating used company vehicles to a nonprofit group that gives the cars to low-income families, the company said Friday.

On Nov. 10, Kerr Cares for Kids donated a car to Wheels4Hope, saying it was the third vehicle donated to the organization this year. In the spring, it donated two Dodge Caravans to the organization. While the vans had more than 200,000 miles on them, the company said they were well-maintained and in good condition. All three vehicles received repairs and have since been given to families.

"Without reliable, affordable transportation, families will struggle to find work, stay employed, go to school and care for their children," Kerr Drug CEO Tony Civello said. "All of those factors affect a family’s health and, as a community pharmacy, Kerr Drug wants to do whatever it can to improve the health of the people in our community."

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Report: Target to sell Zellers pharmacy scripts, start over when stores re-open

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Target is selling off the pharmacy business of the Zellers stores it bought as part of an effort to expand into Canada and start over, according to published reports.

Toronto-based newspaper The Globe & Mail reported that Target would sell Zellers’ scripts to other retailers as it prepared to close the stores down for remodeling. The company plans to re-open them as Target stores, with pharmacies, in 2013. Industry observers value Zellers’ pharmacy business at about C$500 million, according to the newspaper.

Target announced the C$1.83 billion (US$1.78 billion) purchase of up to 220 Zellers stores from the Hudson Bay Co. soon after announcing its 2011 U.S. expansion plans at the end of last year and said it planned to open 100 to 150 Target stores throughout Canada in 2013 and 2014.

In May, the company announced the selection of the first 105 stores that it planned to convert, and in June, it announced that it had selected Mississauga, Ontario, as the site of its Canadian headquarters.

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