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Pharmaca continues to expand its wellness-pharmacy fusion

BY Michael Johnsen

BOULDER, Colo. — Now 10 years operating its unique footprint in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has been revving its growth engine lately. Pharmaca is targeting three new store openings in 2011, and between three and six new stores each year through 2015 — a pace that would put the chain at 44 locations in time for its 15th anniversary. “We will be expanding outside of the states in which we currently operate in the future,” said Mark Panzer, Pharmaca president and CEO.


In November, Pharmaca unveiled its latest store design in Menlo Park, Calif. That new store refreshes the concept that has propelled Pharmaca’s success in the past decade — a melding of Eastern and Western wellness philosophies with actual licensed healthcare professionals on hand to answer any questions. Last year that formula helped increase sales by 9% to $88 million.


Even Pharmaca’s senior management team hails from opposite ends of the retail spectrum. Chairman Barry Perzow operated Capers Natural Food Markets before founding Pharmaca, and VP marketing/innovation Laura Coblentz came to Pharmaca by way of Whole Foods. Panzer was recruited to Pharmaca from Rite Aid, and David Janowicz, VP merchandising, is a Supervalu vet.

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Merriwether to lead retail services for Sears, Kmart

BY Allison Cerra

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings’ SVP procurement and finance has been promoted.

Deidra Cheeks Merriwether now holds the title of SVP and president of retail services, succeeding James Haworth. In this role, Merriwether, who joined the corporation in 2001, will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of retail services for the broadline retailer’s Kmart and Sears stores.

Merriwether currently serves as a member of Sears Canada’s board of directors and is the executive sponsor of the company’s African-American Associate Network.

"Deidra is an accomplished leader," said Bruce Johnson, interim CEO and president of Sears Holdings. "She has a keen understanding of the retail business. Her past experiences within the company, along with a demonstrated success in creating and inspiring high-performance teams that are focused on satisfying the customer make her a perfect fit for this role."

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Gaiam releases new collections of Travel Channel shows on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam’s home video license agreement with the Travel Channel is being extended with the DVD release of "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" Collection 4, Part 2 and "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" Collection 5, Part 2.

"Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" Collection 4, Part 2 follows the adventures of Zimmern, a man with an "iron stomach," as he tackles the most bizarre delicacies. The three-disc DVD set includes 13 episodes and carries a suggested retail price of $24.98, with a total runtime of 563 minutes.

In "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" Collection 5, Part 2, Bourdain travels around New York and worldwide to explore the delights of street food. The three-disc DVD set includes 11 episodes and bonus features, and carries a suggested retail price of $24.98, with a total runtime of 485 minutes.

The new releases will be available wherever DVDs are sold.

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