Winn-Dixie expands gift card assortment
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie is offering its customers an extensive array of gift cards that can be used for any occasion. The company has been steadily building its large assortment to help its customers year round.
The gift cards can be purchased in amounts that range from $10 to $100, covering such stores as Blockbuster, Applebee’s, Borders Books, Starbucks, and many more.
“Our gift card mall provides Winn-Dixie customers access to over 80 popular national brands, all available in one convenient location,” said Rich Romano, prepaid sales manager for Winn-Dixie. “From food and fashion to travel and music, we have a gift card to fit everyone’s holiday wish list.”
According to Comdata Stored Value Solutions annual survey of U.S. consumers, one-third of all gift cards purchased last year were purchased for children or teens, and of those who have purchased gift cards for children, 35 percent were the recipient’s parent, and 30 percent were aunts and uncles. The company also notes that the average gift card purchaser expects to spend $203 on gift cards this holiday season, up from $186 in 2006.
Large Shoppers Drug Mart store opened in Belleville
BELLEVILLE, Ontario Shoppers Drug Mart opened a new 18,000-square-foot store here Dec. 1, according to a news report in the Belleville Intelligencer published Thursday.
It’s one of the largest Shoppers throughout the chain, the paper reported.
The new store fields a robust grocery department, featuring one of the most expansive food offerings in the chain, and includes an organic food line, Nativa, exclusive to Shoppers.
The new store also features some Shoppers mainstays—a full cosmetic offering, home-healthcare section and local post office.
Rite Aid posts increase in sales for November, Q3
CAMP HILL, Pa. Both November and third-quarter comparable sales were slightly up compared with the year-ago period, Rite Aid reported Thursday.
Rite Aid registered a 0.9 percent same-store sales increase for the five weeks ended Dec. 1, excluding its recently-acquired Brooks and Eckerd operations. Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.2 percent, which included an approximate 461 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, and front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent.
Total drug store sales for the five-week period, including the former Brooks and Eckerd stores, increased 50.7 percent to $2.5 billion. Prescription revenue accounted for 67.7 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue represented approximately 96.1 percent of pharmacy sales.
Same-store sales for the 13-week quarter ended Dec. 1, 2007 increased 0.7 percent over the prior year quarter. Pharmacy same-store sales increased 1.2 percent which included an approximate 431 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions. Front-end same-store sales decreased 0.4 percent.
Total drug store sales for the quarter increased 51.1 percent to $6.5 billion. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.3 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue was 96.0 percent of pharmacy sales.