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A&P restructuring continues with naming of new EVP

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. The restructuring of A&P’s new management team under newly appointed president and CEO Sam Martin continued as the grocer announced the appointment of Tom O’Boyle to the new position of EVP, effective immediately.

In this role, O’Boyle will be responsible for leading the merchandising, marketing, supply and logistics departments, reporting to Martin.

“Tom is an expert merchant with a proven track record of aligning merchandising offers with exciting marketing programs to meet customers’ needs. His appointment completes my dynamic executive management team, which will lead our company’s turnaround initiative,” Martin stated.

O’Boyle brings more than 25 years of retail experience in merchandising and marketing, including management positions at Jewel Food Stores and Albertsons. Prior to joining A&P, he was president and SVP food and drug for Sears. Before that, he served as SVP merchandising and marketing for Albertsons.

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Target to provide flu immunizations in pharmacies and clinics

BY Jim Frederick

MINNEAPOLIS Gearing up for flu season, Target will launch its nationwide flu vaccination program at its more than 1,600 pharmacies and Target Clinic locations beginning Sept. 1.

Target pharmacists and clinicians will administer the flu shots, at a cost of $24, during regular pharmacy and in-store clinic hours, including weekday evenings and weekends. Target Clinic locations also will offer the nasal spray for $36.

No appointment will be necessary for flu shots, which will protect against both the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus. The company said it would “accept many major insurance plans, which may cover the full cost of the flu vaccine.”

Keri Jones, Target SVP merchandising, said the goal will be to make the 1,743-store chain “the complete prevention destination.”

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CDMA hires Fruth Pharmacy vet as SVP

BY Antoinette Alexander

NOVI, Mich. The Chain Drug Marketing Association last week named Bob Messick to the newly created position of SVP.

“Bob’s past retail experience with Fruth Pharmacy for 28 years will be a positive addition to our CDMA staff,” stated Jim Devine, president of CDMA. “Bob has also served on the CDMA board of directors and CDMA strategic planning committee. His knowledge from having served in these positions will be a great asset to CDMA.”

In the past two years, CDMA has experienced 25% growth in sales and membership.

Messick’s responsibilities at CDMA will include purchasing, marketing and advertising. He will report directly to Devine and will start Aug. 30. Messick has relocated from West Virginia to Brighton, Mich., with his wife, Julia, and their three sons.

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