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Hy-Vee to expand into Wisconsin; first new state since 1988

BY Allison Cerra

MADISON, Wis. Hy-Vee has selected Wisconsin as the first new state to host its expanded operations, company officials said Thursday.

The company is planning to open a store in Madison, Wis.—the first new state to host Hy-Vee’s expansion in nearly 20 years.

Once the company receives city approval, said Hy-Vee spokeswoman Chris Friesleben, the 90,000-square-foot store will be built on the site of a former Kmart.

The permit and construction process will take several months, Friesleben said and added that the West Des Moines-based company has not expanded to a new state since 1988 when it built a store in Kansas.

Hy-Vee operates about 197 grocery stores and 26 drug stores in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota.

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Rite Aid announces Mark Panzer’s departure

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Thursday announced that Mark Panzer, senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer, is leaving the company.

Panzer was responsible for merchandising, marketing and supply chain at Rite Aid. With his departure, these functions will report directly to Rob Easley, Rite Aid’s chief operating officer.

“Since Mark joined Rite Aid in 2001, he has contributed to the success of our company in several key roles on our leadership team,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We thank him for his hard work and dedication during his six years with us.”

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Supervalu, others acquire new automated refill technology

BY Doug Desjardins

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu has purchased a non-exclusive license from Robert Katz Technology for use in its Automated Health Care Services portfolio. Supervalu said the agreement gives the company access to technology that will improve a number of areas including automated prescription refills.

“Many of our leading pharmacies such as Acme, bigg’s, Cub, Osco, Sav-On, Shop ‘n Save and Supervalu offer ‘Express Prescription Refill’ or ‘Easyfill’ services over the phone, which utilize many of the inventions in this portfolio of patents,” said Supervalu spokeswoman Haley Meyer. “Customers can, for example, dial in 24 hours a day, enter their prescription number and the last four digits of their phone number in order to quickly request a refill of their prescription This is an important group of patents.” Supervalu affiliates New Albertson’s Inc. and Albertson’s LLC also have access to the new technologies.

Among the other major clients to reach a settlement with Katz are: the Jean Coutu Group, Express Scripts, Safeway and Walgreen Co.

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