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Walgreens makes capital commitment with new pilot opening in Washington, D.C.

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray on Friday will join Walgreens executives when the national drug store chain unveils its new health and daily living store to residents of Washington, D.C., during a ribbon cutting celebration starting at 11 a.m.

The store, located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Veazey Terrace, reinvents the traditional drug store format into a health and daily living solutions store by pairing state-of-the-art technology with a team of trusted healthcare professionals to make health care more accessible and effective. The store includes a private healthcare practice staffed by nurse practitioners, who will offer preventive care, as well as treatment of common illnesses, injuries and skin conditions.

The store also brings 35 new jobs to the area and kicks off Walgreens participation in Mayor Gray’s One City, One Hire program, an initiative by which local businesses strive to create 10,000 new jobs in the District of Columbia.

“I’m delighted that Walgreens has chosen the District for this innovative pilot store and that they’ve committed to joining our One City, One Hire program,” Gray said. “I’m proud to celebrate the opening of another resource for job creation and economic development and look forward to our partnership with Walgreens.”

“This new store offers District of Columbia residents a health and daily living destination that will help them live well, stay well and get well,” Walgreens market VP Darron Briscoe said. “At the core of this new format is our effort to bring the pharmacist from behind the counter to a front desk, so they can provide more counseling to patients and offer clinical services such as immunizations and health screenings. Having them out front also greatly increases patients’ ability to approach the pharmacist with questions.”

As part of a pilot program over the past year, Walgreens has opened 20 stores in the Chicago area with the new health and daily living format and has converted all of its stores in the Indianapolis market to the format.

“The initial response we’ve received from our customers in Chicago and Indianapolis has been extremely positive, and we’re excited to now bring this experience to residents and visitors of Washington, D.C.,” Briscoe said.

The store is Walgreens third in the District of Columbia, and the company plans to open a fourth at 7th and H streets next year. Walgreens plans to operate eight locations in D.C. by 2017.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics team reviews iPhone health apps

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — A group of dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has conducted a review of smartphone applications for weight management, diabetes and gluten-free eating, the organization said.

The AND — formerly the American Dietetic Association — said the purpose of the review, which includes 30 of the most popular, free iPhone apps, was to help consumers sift through the numerous apps available.

"Americans are increasingly turning to apps to support them in achieving their health goals, especially for New Year’s resolutions," AND spokeswoman Marisa Moore said. "While the right app can keep you on track to meeting these goals, the wrong app could be filled with misinformation and dangerous fads."


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Post-Christmas savings at Target

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Dec. 26 could be a big savings day for Target shoppers, the retailer said.

Target announced that beginning next Monday, customers can save up to 50% off on such items as women’s and kids’ apparel, as well as home and holiday decor, in stores and online at Target.com. Doors will open at Target stores nationwide at 7 a.m. on Monday.

What’s more, Target gift card holders also can find deep discounts on items. For example, guests who want to redeem their gift cards on Target.com on Christmas Day will receive $10 off purchases of $50 or more via a promotional code. The deals can be found in the Sunday weekly advertisement and on Target.com beginning Christmas Day.

“Target gift cards are a popular Christmas gift, and with a sale of this magnitude, there’s no better time to use them than on Dec. 26,” Target EVP merchandising Kathee Tesija said.

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