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Simon Doonan and Nexxus create window dressing at Radio City Duane Reade store

BY Marianne Wilson

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Nexxus Salon Hair Care, in what it called a “first-of-its-kind” installation at a drug store chain, unveiled a window display tribute to the Tony Awards and Broadway at the Duane Reade store across from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. The installation was created by Simon Doonan, creative ambassador for Barneys New York, who is best known for his whimsical, and sometimes outrageous, window displays.

“I love new challenges and was thrilled Nexxus asked me to do something that’s never been done before — to take the art of high-end luxury window dressing and put it in the context of a classic American drugstore,” said Simon Doonan. “This project has been a blast because I get to do what I love — design creative over-the-top window designs — and celebrate my passion for Broadway, but with a new twist.”

The window, accented by lights like those on a Broadway marquee, features an oversized photograph of a glamorous woman, on stage, presenting a Tony Award. Her show-stopping hair is made entirely of Nexxus Salon Hair Care bottles, while her dress is designed out of Tony Awards posters. The backdrop includes a wall of stacked hair conditioners. The display also encourages passers-by to tune in June 9 for the live broadcast of the Tony Awards.

The design will be on display through June 16 at the Duane Reade located at 51 West 51st Street, across from Radio City Music Hall, the venue for the 67th Annual Tony Awards.


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Senate confirms Marilyn Tavenner as CMS administrator

BY Alaric DeArment

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm a former Virginia Health and Human Services secretary as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Members of the Senate voted 91-7 in favor of confirming Marilyn Tavenner to lead CMS, drawing praise from a retail pharmacy trade group.

"Often, much is said about a nominee’s qualifications for a leadership position such as the administrator of CMS," National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said. "And I go further to say that her life story is a testament to the genuine care and dedication to patients that must drive the improvement of healthcare delivery in the United States."

Tavenner, who began her career as a nurse, was previously acting administrator of CMS.


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Walmart goes to college

BY Alaric DeArment

TEMPE, Ariz. — Walmart opened a new small-format store on the campus of Arizona State University as part of a pilot program, the mass merchandise retailer said.

The company opened the 5,000-sq. ft. store in the Vista del Sol plaza at the university. The store includes health and wellness services, a pharmacy, convenient shopping services, convenience items and merchandise tailored to the campus. The Walmart on Campus store is the second in the country, the first having opened at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in January 2011.

"The new Walmart on Campus is going to be a wonderful amenity for the students of ASU," Tempe Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Mary Ann Miller said. "To be able to get off your elevator or get on your bike and be able to pick up a prescription or just basic necessities will add to the convenience of living on or next to campus."

The store employs about 10 people, and the opening included a presentation of $2,500 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups.

"With our smaller format and being located right on campus, our store is perfect for those who need to pick up a prescription or something for a quick meal," store manager Mario Espino said. "Our customers will be able to find what they need quickly and easily and then head on back to class."


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