Giant Eagle intros smaller store
McMURRAY, Pa. — Giant Eagle’s introduction of its new Market District Express brought the best of Giant Eagle’s gourmet Market District food stores into the smaller footprint of its GetGo convenience stores, combining fresh, chef-created meals with traditional and specialty groceries. The 15,500-sq.-ft. Market District Express includes an in-store pharmacy with drive-through access and such promotions as seasonal free antibiotics and free prenatal vitamins. According to reports, Giant Eagle has plans in place to open one Market District Express format in Cleveland and one in the Columbus, Ohio, area.
All-star lineup gathers for annual summit
The 15th annual Industry Issues Summit, presented by The Drug Store News Group on Dec. 3, proved to be a powerful, all-star lineup as some of the top minds in pharmacy retailing gathered for a candid discussion of the top issues and trends impacting the industry. On top of that, brand-building genius and TV celebrity Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank” delivered an exclusive lunchtime keynote.
The all-day event was held at Manhattan’s historic New York Athletic Club.
“The Industry Issues Summit is an important event because it brings together industry leadership to talk about significant trends, opportunities and challenges in the drug retail industry … in a productive, open environment,” said Wayne Bennett, publisher of The Drug Store News Group.
The annual Industry Issues Summit is comprised of three separate panel discussions: Industry Issues Summit; the Diabetes Leadership Forum; and the Health, Wellness and Technology Roundtable.
Complete reports of each roundtable discussion will appear in the following issues of DSN: Industry Issues Summit (February 2014); Diabetes Leadership Forum (March 2014); and Health, Wellness and Technology Roundtable (April 2014).
Sponsors of the event included Catalina, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Pacific World, Core Science Media, Pharmavite, GlaxoSmithKline, Similasan, WorkPlaceMedia, Hyland’s, Novartis, mscripts, SoloHealth, Pill Jogger, higi, Emdeon, Takeda, Novo Nordisk, BD, UltiMed, AccentHealth and Sundial Brands.
Rite Aid celebrates grand re-opening of Waldwick, N.J., store
On Friday, Dec. 13, Rite Aid celebrated the grand re-opening of its Waldwick, N.J., store, which now features the company’s Genuine Well-Being format. The latest iteration of Rite Aid’s wellness store format, which first debuted in 2011, helps Rite Aid deliver on its commitment to providing services, products and resources to help customers and their families live healthy lives.
The store features expanded clinical pharmacy services; hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and/or gluten-free foods; an expanded caregiver section; all-natural personal care and home care products and fitness and workout equipment; and Wellness Ambassadors, who work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide customers with access to information over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements as well as Rite Aid programs and services.
Additionally, the Waldwick store also includes a new merchandising initiative that Rite Aid is testing that focuses on creating a more engaging shopping environment in a number of key health categories. Throughout the OTC department, Rite Aid and its merchants have combined educational materials, interactive product displays, cross merchandising and creative fixturing to create an informative and easier shopping experience. It also is one of the first Rite Aid stores to feature an upscale beauty department that offers premium cosmetic lines like Senna Cosmetics, Girlacktik, POP Beauty and Eddie Funkhouser, and a Beauty Adviser who is specially-trained to assist shoppers with all beauty brands Rite Aid carries. Rite Aid Beauty Advisers are able to demonstrate products to customers, educate them on topics like color-matching and help them find the right products to achieve the latest beauty trend.