Rite Aid’s charitable arm donates supplies to flood victims
CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Foundation is donating water, food, cleaning and first aid supplies to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the recent flooding in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The nonprofit arm of drug store chain Rite Aid said it would “provide relief and other extended assistance to enable people to get back on their feet,” including bottled water, snacks and supplies.
“One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be caring neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in their mission to bring relief to those most affected by these devastating floods and hope that our donation helps to make the recovery and rebuilding process a little easier.”
Report: Walgreens to offer genetic test kits
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens soon will begin selling genetic test kits that may help customers learn more about their risk levels for various diseases, according to a report Monday in The New York Times.
The tests, which measure genetic markers for such potential conditions as diabetes and cancer, are marketed by Pathway Genomics. The company said its test kits likely will be sold in many of Walgreens’ more than 7,500 drug stores, the Times reported.
The DNA tests are based on patients’ saliva samples, according to the report, and will be conducted by outside laboratories. Users will pay as much as $250 or more for the Pathway sample kit sold in the stores and a full set of lab analyses, according to the report.
Winn-Dixie reports 2.3% sales decrease, but is ‘on track’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores late Monday afternoon reported $1.7 billion in net sales for the 12-week period ended March 31, representing a decrease of 2.3% as compared with the year prior.
Identical-store sales, which exclude stores that opened or closed during the quarter, decreased 2.2% for the third quarter compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. However, the grocer’s 51 offensive remodel stores that are still within their first year of operation had a 6.3% weighted average sales increase compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year, excluding the grand re-opening phase.
“We are pleased that our results were in line with our expectations, as we continue to navigate through this challenging economic environment,” stated Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie chairman, CEO and president. “By effectively managing our promotional activity, and exercising discipline with respect to our overall expenses and capital spending, we remain on track to meet our financial guidance for the year.”