SLIDESHOW: HHS Secretary Sebelius visits Rite Aid to announce Obamacare resource program
HOBOKEN, N.J. — Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez joined Rite Aid chairman and CEO John Standley on Monday as he announced the retail pharmacy chain’s plan to place insurance agents at stores around the country to educate customers about Obamacare and help them enroll in plans.
Loblaw unveils combo format
KIRKLAND, Quebec — Provigo, a division of Canada’s Loblaw Cos., has opened its second location under its new Provigo Le Marché banner, a flagship in the Montreal suburb of Kirkland. The 82,000-sq.-ft. store combines the convenience and variety of a full-service supermarket with a food market-styled layout. It offers an expanded range of fresh products, and gives center stage to local and regional items.
Inspired by the design of Loblaw’s Maple Leaf Gardens store in Toronto, the new flagship has a sleek look, accented with bold signage. Specialty offerings include a juice bar, a towering wall of cheese with more than 400 varieties and a sushi bar.
Health and wellness also figures into the new format. An in-store dietitian is available to assist customers, and pharmacists offer such services as measuring blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A fitness studio is located on the second level of the store.
Vitamix lets shoppers mix it up
CLEVELAND — Vitamix, a privately held, family-owned and -operated company that makes blending equipment for home and commercial use, has opened a one-of-a-kind factory store to give northeast Ohioans a unique, hands-on experience with the brand.
The new Vitamix store, which celebrated its grand opening in mid-August in Solon, Ohio, offers a full line of Vitamix-certified reconditioned machines, as well as accessories and cookbooks. The store also will hold special cooking events, and consumers can even host their own after-hours Vitamix cooking parties at the factory store.
“Because the Vitamix Factory Store is located near our world headquarters, we’re able to offer something special to people here,” stated Vitamix director of direct sales and customer experience Holly Hacker. “Instead of just looking at our products, you can actually pick them up and use them. You can even bring your own ingredients, experiment with techniques and recipes, and get advice from our knowledgeable staff.”