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Rite Aid donates more than 14,000 lbs. to Atlanta food bank

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo held at the Cobb Galleria Centre June 7-8 netted a total of 14,526 pounds of food donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the retailer reported Wednesday.

“Atlanta has given our Rite Aid drug stores a warm welcome,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Part of our mission is to help our valued customers lead healthier, happier lives. We had over 40,000 residents visiting the Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo, and many of those took advantage of the free health screenings. To have the community give so generously to the food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank is especially heartwarming.”

“We are thrilled with the donations collected at the Rite Aid Health & Beauty Expo,” commented Bill Bolling, executive director and founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “The total of 14,526 pounds donated equates to 9,684 meals for families and individuals in need. Most of the food we distribute is from donations, so this donation certainly will go a long way to help the agencies that are working with us to provide food to the increased number of people needing assistance.”

Rite Aid increased its presence in the state of Georgia last year with its acquisition of 188 former Eckerd stores and a distribution center in Atlanta. Rite Aid operates 161 stores in the Atlanta metro area.

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Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens make top 10 of 100 top retailers list

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Even in a shaky economy, the biggest retailers in the country have remained strong, according to the National Retail Federation, whose STORES magazine released its Top 100 Retailers List on July 1.

Wal-Mart remains the No. 1 retailer, with $378.8 billion in revenues for 2007. Second was The Home Depot, with $77.3 billion.

Some drug stores have also made the top 10, as consumers continue to purchase health and wellness products, regardless of economic hardship. These include CVS—which moved up six spaces since 2006 with its acquisition of Caremark and $76.3 billion in revenues—and Walgreen’s, which made seventh place with $53.76 billion.

Other retailers that made the top 10 include Target, in sixth place with $63.36 billion in revenues, and SUPERVALU, at No. 10 with $44 billion.

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Harris Teeter raises more than $67,000 for the AHA

BY Alaric DeArment

MATTHEWS, N.C. Customer donations at Harris Teeter grocery stores to the American Heart Association have raised more than $67,000.

The chain solicited donations of $1 or $5 from customers, raising a total of $67,091. It has raised $100,000 for the AHA over the last two years.

Harris Teeter operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Delaware.

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