Walgreens continues fight against food deserts in Chicago
CHICAGO Responding to the Windy City’s food desert issue, Walgreens has unveiled expanded food selections at 10 of its stores in the Chicago area.
Customers will now find more than 750 new food items including fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and fish, pasta, rice, beans, eggs, whole grain cereals and other healthy meal components in select stores, Walgreens said. The drug store chain has worked with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley since last year to improve the community’s access to healthy-food options. On Wednesday, the chain held an event at the 67th and Stony Island store, one of the locations where the expanded food selection was rolled out. The expanded food selection now is available at the following Walgreens locations:
- 2340 W. Madison St. (Madison St. & Western Ave.)
- 10300 S. Michigan Ave. (Michigan Ave. & 103rd St.)
- 1533 E. 67th Place (67th Place & Stony Island)
- 1213 W. 79th St. (79th St. & Racine Ave.)
- 5036 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (Cottage Grove Ave. & 51st St.)
- 8636 S. Ashland Ave. (Ashland Ave. & 87th St.)
Four additional locations will be completed by the end of the month, including:
- 650 W. 63rd St. (63rd St. & Halsted Parkway)
- 2015 E. 79th St. (79th St. & Jeffery Blvd.)
- 11040 S. Michigan Ave. (Michigan Ave. & 111th St.)
- 5222 W. Madison St. (Madison St. & Laramie Ave.)
“We immediately made a commitment to seek solutions for offering these communities more fresh and healthy food options,” said Mark Wagner, Walgreens EVP operations and community management. “Walgreens has taken great pride in meeting the needs of Chicago communities since opening our first store on the city’s South Side 109 years ago. Today, we couldn’t be more pleased to provide additional basic staples that will inevitably help improve health outcomes for many in these previously underserved communities.”
In line with the food desert partnership between Walgreens and the city of Chicago, a new pilot program will be launched with Northwestern Medicine and Near North Health Service Corp., designed to educate residents in food desert communities about the link between healthy food choices and preparation and better management of such chronic illnesses as diabetes.
“We know this issue is not exclusive to Chicago,” said Wagner. “We have more locations in America’s underserved communities than any other retailer. That makes us well-positioned to play a role in addressing this important need beyond Chicago.”
Ideavillage Products to market, distribute Criss Angel magic kit
WAYNE, N.J. Famed illusionist and star of A&E’s “MindFreak” Criss Angel has partnered with Ideavillage Products to market and distribute his Platinum MindFreak magic kit.
The new magic line is geared toward people of all ages. The kit consists of more than 250 MindFreak tricks, including an instruction manual and DVD, as well as 6 individual MindFreak tricks with instructions. The kit is slated hit retail shelves next month.
“Criss Angel is a world class performing artist. It’s what he does best. TV is all about magic demonstrations which make it the perfect venue for introducing Criss’ new kit,” said Anand Khubani, Ideavillage Products CEO and founder. “Ideavillage is a leading marketer, product manufacturer, and distributor. The partnership just made sense because it allows both our organizations to use our talent and channel our energies in the right direction.”
Report: Bi-Lo goes up for sale
MAULDIN, S.C. Just a few months after completing its financial restructuring, Bi-Lo reportedly is for sale, according to published reports.
Reuters reported that the chain, which operates 207 stores across four states and is owned by Lone Star Funds, is being pursued by Kroger and Publix. Recently, Bi-Lo launched a health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which is designed to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives. Bi-Lo also revealed itself as a “stronger, better” supermarket chain late last month at the grand reopening of its Greer, S.C., location.
“This redesigned store represents all the great things Bi-Lo is doing to provide customers tremendous savings without having to sacrifice the quality and service they desire,” Michael Byars, president and CEO of Bi-Lo, recently said. “We are proud of our teammates’ hard work on this collective effort and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers.”
Lone Star declined to comment to the press regarding this matter.