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Walgreens urges Congress to resolve fiscal cliff

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday publicly urged congressional leaders to make headway in avoiding the upcoming fiscal cliff if expiring tax cuts aren’t reinstated. 

“Walgreens supports the bi-partisan efforts of policymakers in Washington, including the President and Congressional leadership, who are working hard together to achieve consensus solutions to avoid the fiscal cliff before the end of the year," stated Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “As we all know, resolving the federal revenue and spending issues to avoid the fiscal cliff is critical to our nation, our economy and further recovery, as well as America’s future global competitiveness," Wasson said. "It is absolutely clear that we need to protect [America’s] jobs, health and economic future by avoiding the fiscal cliff, curbing the federal debt and bringing our nation to long-term, sustainable fiscal health."

News coverage regarding the fiscal cliff has focused on the potential impact on American incomes, including this The Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday morning. But resolving the fiscal cliff will also prove positive to businesses outlining calendar 2013 capital commitments. “Businesses like Walgreens … will benefit from federal fiscal clarity to make investments that ultimately advance jobs, growth and prosperity for all," Wasson noted. 

 

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Walgreens and Redbox partner on Thanksgiving Day movie giveaway for early-bird customers

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Redbox on Tuesday announced that the first 250 customers to make a purchase at each of the more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide on Thanksgiving Day will get a free one-night Redbox DVD rental. The rental will be valid from Thanksgiving Day through Nov. 29, 2012, at any Walgreens offering Redbox rentals.

"Building on the success of last year’s Thanksgiving Day promotion with Redbox, we are offering this reward to our early bird shoppers once again this Thanksgiving," stated Bob Cinq-Mars, Walgreens divisional merchandise manager for front-end services. "The holidays are a great time to gather the family for a movie, and this promotion offers a chance for some to try out the service for the first time or a nice bonus for many others who have long enjoyed the convenience and value of Redbox rentals at their neighborhood Walgreens."

 

 

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Giant-Landover donates 1,000 turkeys to local food bank

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant-Landover donated 1,000 turkeys to a nearby food bank last week to help families in need enjoy Thanksgiving, the Ahold-owned chain said.

The chain, officially known as Giant Food and based in Landover, Md., sent President Anthony Hucker and VP Finance Brian Shelton to the Capital Area Food Bank to present 1,000 turkeys on Friday. Shelton is also a board member of the food bank.

Capital Area Food Bank, COO Mark McCaffrey was on hand to accept the donation. The food bank is distributing 5,000 turkeys to families in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

 

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