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Kmart Pharmacy to conduct free memory screenings in May

BY Brian Berk

NEW YORK — Kmart Pharmacy and The Alzheimer's Foundation of America have expanded their partnership, whereby Kmart will conduct free memory screenings in all of its locations throughout the country and Puerto Rico during "Older Americans Month" in May. 

In addition, Kmart will again conduct memory screenings in November during Alzheimer's Awareness Month. 

The initiative encourages people to take a proactive approach to brain health. More than 4,500 people were screened across the nation and in Puerto Rico last November in Kmart stores during Alzheimer's Awareness Month. 

Jennifer Speares, Director of Pharmacy Compliance for Kmart, said that this program continues to emphasize Kmart's commitment to providing their members better "care beyond the counter." "Kmart Pharmacy is honored to once again work with the Alzheimer's Foundation this year to help in early detection of Alzheimer's. The Foundation's passion to bring awareness to this disease and to improve brain health is contagious. All of our specially trained pharmacists nationwide are pleased to partner with the Foundation to provide these valuable screenings on a walk up basis in any Kmart Pharmacy nationwide,” she said.

Kmart is also a community sponsor for AFA's 2017 Educating America Tour.  In celebrating its 15th anniversary, AFA has embarked on an educational tour this year, across 15 states, with the goal of helping people become more proactive about brain health and memory concerns.  Each tour stop will include an educational conference for family and professional caregivers, individuals with dementia, and the community, featuring dementia and caregiving experts, and free, confidential memory screenings.

"We are very pleased that Kmart Pharmacy has agreed to continue our partnership and work together to help people in our community improve their brain health," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and CEO. "Memory screenings are a very important first step in maintaining brain health.  By conducting screenings in all of their stores, we are able to reach more people and raise awareness, which in turn, will lead to more people being able to identify if they have memory issues." 

A memory screening is a non-invasive test consisting of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, language and thinking skills. A screening is not a diagnosis; however, if a person scores below the normal threshold, he or she will be referred to a primary care physician for a full evaluation. It is important to keep in mind that not all memory problems are indicative of Alzheimer's disease. Other sources of memory problems include vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues and depression, which are treatable and in some cases, curable.

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Weis Markets commits $90 million toward growth initiatives

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Friday announced plans to invest $90 million in 2017 toward growth, including investments in new stores, remodels, supply chain improvements and continued information technology upgrades.

"Our budget includes 14 remodels, a new unit in Brunswick, Md., two fuel centers and the continued expansion of our distribution center in Milton, Pa.," Jonathan Weis, chairman and CEO Weis Markets, told shareholders attending the company's annual meeting. "We also have seven new stores in the active planning stages and expect most of them to open in 2018."

Weis also discussed the company's recent acquisition and conversion of 44 stores and its 2016 results.

"Last year was one of tremendous growth and opportunity for our company. In 2016, we acquired 44 stores and converted them in just three months' time, growing our store base by more than 20%," Weis said. "As a result of our acquisition, we now operate 204 stores and expanded operations into two new states, adding Delaware and Virginia to our now seven state territory throughout the Mid-Atlantic region."

Weis reported the company's legacy stores continued to perform at a high level in 2016, which was a 53-week year compared to 52-weeks in 2015.  Adjusting for the extra week, the company's 2016 sales increased 6.9% to $3.1 billion while comparable store sales increased 2.9%.
 

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