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HRG breaks ground on new HQ

BY DSN STAFF

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group on Tuesday broke ground for a new building in Pewaukee, Wis., just a mile northeast from their current location. The entire company was present for the groundbreaking ceremony, celebrating the next step in the evolution of the business.

“After reviewing trends in new office spaces and gathering input from our associates we are excited to start from the ground-up in designing a space that works specifically for our business," stated Dawn Vogelsang, HRG president and majority owner. "We’ll continue our emphasis on wellness, which will translate in various ways from our fitness space to a well-being room, and even the landscaping. The overall environment will be warm and inviting, providing associates comfortable workspace and making visitors feel immediately welcome.”

Vogelsang, and her husband, Todd Vogelsang, are the principles of Vogelsang Real Estate, which owns the land HRG’s new corporate headquarters will be located on. The new building will be approximately 24,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. HRG employees were able to contribute their ideas about features and amenities they would like in the new building, and have continued to provide input as plans have been shared.

The new building is being designed with flexible spaces and collaborative, open areas to support the established culture, which recently resulted in a 2017 top workplace recognition.

The move to the new building is targeted for December of this year.
 

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To obtain merger approval, Rite Aid believes store divestitures will total 1,200 locations

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In a 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, Rite Aid expressed its belief that the proposed per share merger acquisition would likely fall to $6.50 per share, suggesting the divestiture of an additional 335 stores to secure approval from the Federal Trade Commission.

"While the exact per share merger consideration is not known as of the date of this report, based on discussions with the FTC regarding potential remedies after filing the preliminary proxy statement … Rite Aid believes that the per share merger consideration would likely be $6.50 per share," the company reported.

"Pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Asset Purchase Agreement, Rite Aid agreed to sell 865 Rite Aid stores and certain specified assets related to store operations to [Fred's Pharmacy] for a purchase price of $950 million plus [Fred's] assumption of certain liabilities of Rite Aid and its affiliates," Rite Aid added. "Should the divestiture of up to 1,200 stores be required to obtain regulatory approval, all parties to the Asset Purchase Agreement agree to negotiate in good faith to amend the Asset Purchase Agreement accordingly."

 

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CVS Health encourages hepatitis A vaccine for Hawaiian residents

BY Brian Berk

HONOLULU — CVS Health is encouraging unvaccinated Hawaii residents to receive the hepatitis A vaccine after imported frozen raw tuna (Ahi) cubes distributed on Oahu tested positive for the virus. According to CVS, Longs Drugs stores and MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Hawaii currently have vaccines available and are able to administer the immunization to patients to protect against hepatitis A.

Vaccination is the most effective way to protect people from Hepatitis A and Longs Drugs and MinuteClinic are offering the hepatitis A vaccine at locations across the state. There are 70 Longs Drugs locations in Hawaii, as well as nine MinuteClinic locations.

"Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent the spread of serious illness, like Hepatitis A," said Dr. Tobias Barker, chief medical officer of MinuteClinic. "Our Longs Drugs pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are able to provide vaccinations to Hawaiians who may have been exposed to the virus. They can also help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future."

Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. People who have had Hepatitis A disease or previously received two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine do not need to be immunized for hepatitis A again. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection usually appear two to six weeks after exposure and include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes.

Longs Drugs pharmacists can provide the hepatitis A vaccine to people ages 18 and up. At MinuteClinic, the hepatitis A vaccine can be provided to children 24 months and older and to adults. It is administered in one primary dose and a second booster dose, usually administered 6 months later. Vaccine supplies will be replenished at these locations as needed. Patients should check with their insurance plans for coverage details prior to their Longs Drugs or MinuteClinic visit.

While vaccination provides the best protection from hepatitis A, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of the illness. Appropriately cooking foods can also help to prevent infection.

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