NACS and the United Fresh Produce Association to increase sales of fresh produce in convenience stores

​Alexandria, VA, 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS and the United Fresh Produce Association announced a new partnership to significantly increase the sales of fresh produce in convenience stores. A new task force of members of both groups met during the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago last week.

As the leading associations representing produce suppliers and their convenience store customers, NACS and United Fresh have formed the partnership to identify best practices that can be shared across the industry to assist convenience store operators in developing their own fresh produce supply chains and in-store management.

With more than 151,000 locations across the country, convenience stores are increasingly seen as a convenient destination for consumers to buy fruit and vegetables. In 2013, produce sales at convenience stores were up 16.7 percent, more than doubling the overall 7.3 percent growth rate of produce in the United States.

“The business opportunities for convenience stores that manage fresh produce well are vast, for direct sales as well as enhancing the image of stores as a provider of fresh and healthy food options. Fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, ready-to-eat meals and snack products, and even whole commodities can deliver attractive margins and new customer segments to retailers,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO.

“Consumers are increasingly seeking grab-and-go, convenient options for their produce needs. Convenience stores present a tremendously underdeveloped source of produce sales in communities,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour. “We are excited to work with United Fresh to give retailers the tools to affordably acquire merchandise and sell produce in their communities as part of our broader nutrition initiative.”

At its initial meeting in Chicago, the task force reviewed current challenges in supply chain management, in-store handling and merchandising, and other barriers to produce success for convenience retailers. The task force also began identifying best practices in meeting each of these challenges, learning from those retailers and produce suppliers who are finding the greatest success today. The associations plan to develop tools and services to share best practices and successes with the broader memberships of NACS and United Fresh.

Convenience store sales of produce reached $328 million in 2013, and the groups believe that sales can increase dramatically over the next five years from this task force’s efforts.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Michael J. Short appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Toys“R”Us, Inc.

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ —Toys“R”Us, Inc. today announced that it has named Michael J. Short Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc., effective June 23. Mr. Short, 53, a seasoned finance executive with broad retail and corporate development experience, was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AutoNation for seven years. He will serve as a member of the company’s Global Executive Committee and report to Antonio Urcelay, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Mr. Urcelay said, “We are delighted to have Mike join the organization during this transformational time for our company and look forward to the benefit of his strong financial and strategic experience, as well as his unique insights and fresh perspective on the business.”

Prior to his most recent role at AutoNation, Mr. Short was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Universal Orlando. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of finance roles at Universal Orlando, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. and IBM Corporation. Mr. Short was also a helicopter pilot and tactics instructor for the United States Navy, based out of Norfolk, VA. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

Mr. Short said, “I am excited to join the Toys“R”Us team to help lead the successful execution of the company’s ‘TRU Transformation’ strategy and position the business for profitable growth in the future.”

Mr. Short succeeds Clay Creasey, who has left the organization after eight years.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 879 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 705 international stores and over 190 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.comBabiesrus.comeToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToysrusFacebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. All statements herein that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs or expectations, are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including, among others, risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in our reports and documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (which reports and documents should be read in conjunction with this press release). We believe that all forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions when made; however, we caution that it is impossible to predict actual results or outcomes or the effects of risks, uncertainties or other factors on anticipated results or outcomes and that, accordingly, one should not place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to update these statements in light of subsequent events or developments. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from anticipated results or outcomes discussed in any forward-looking statement.

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For more information, please contact:

Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Kathleen Waugh
973-617-5888 or 646-366-8823
waughk@toysrus.com

Rite Aid Corporation reported $6.5 billion revenues for its fiscal first quarter ended May 31, 2014

  • First Quarter Net Income of $41.4 Million and Net Income per Diluted Share of $0.04, Compared to Prior Year’s First Quarter Net Income of $89.7 Million and Net Income per Diluted Share of $0.09
  • First Quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $282.6 Million Compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $344.8 Million in Prior First Quarter
  • Rite Aid Confirms Outlook for Fiscal 2015 

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today reported operating results for its fiscal first quarter ended May 31, 2014. The company reported revenues of $6.5 billion, net income of $41.4 million or $0.04 per diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $282.6 million, or 4.4 percent of revenues.

“In the first quarter, we delivered a strong store operating performance, highlighted by increases in same-store sales and same-store prescription count,” said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley. “As we work through managing the higher-than-expected drug costs and reimbursement rate pressure that affected our financial results for the quarter, we remain focused on executing our strategy to expand our health care offering and transform Rite Aid into a growing retail health care company.”

First Quarter Summary

Revenues for the quarter were $6.5 billion versus revenues of $6.3 billion in the prior year’s first quarter. Revenues increased 2.7 percent primarily as a result of an increase in pharmacy same store sales.

Same store sales for the quarter increased 3.1 percent over the prior year. Front-end same store sales were flat compared to the prior-year period while pharmacy same store sales increased 4.6 percent. Pharmacy sales included an approximate 143 basis point negative impact from new generic introductions. The number of prescriptions filled in same stores increased 2.3 percent over the prior year period. Prescription sales accounted for 68.4 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue was 97.4 percent of pharmacy sales.

Net income was $41.4 million or $0.04 per diluted share compared to last year’s first quarter net income of $89.7 million or $0.09 per diluted share. The decline in net income resulted primarily from a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA and higher income tax expense, partially offset by lower interest expense and a lower LIFO charge.

Adjusted EBITDA (which is reconciled to net income on the attached table) was $282.6 million or 4.4 percent of revenues for the first quarter compared to $344.8 million or 5.5 percent of revenues for the like period last year. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was driven by a reduction in pharmacy gross profit due to lower reimbursement rates that were not offset with reductions in generic costs, as well as higher salary and payroll related expenses.

In the first quarter, the company relocated 3 stores, remodeled 105 stores and expanded 1 store, bringing the total number of wellness stores chainwide to 1,325. The company also acquired 1 store and closed 7 stores, resulting in a total store count of 4,581 at the end of the first quarter.

Rite Aid Confirms Fiscal 2015 Guidance 

Rite Aid has confirmed its fiscal 2015 guidance, which was updated on June 5, 2014. Sales are expected to be between $26.0 billion and $26.5 billion and same store sales to range from an increase of 2.50 percent to an increase of 4.50 percent over fiscal 2014. Adjusted EBITDA (which is reconciled to net income on the attached table) guidance is expected to be between $1.275 billion and $1.350 billion and net income is expected to be between $298.0 million and $408.0 million or income per diluted share of $0.30 to $0.40. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $525 million.

Conference Call Broadcast 

Rite Aid will hold an analyst call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today with remarks by Rite Aid’s management team. The call will be simulcast via the internet and can be accessed through the websites www.riteaid.com in the conference call section of investor information and www.StreetEvents.com. Slides related to materials discussed on the call will be available on both sites. A playback of the call will be available on both sites starting at 12 p.m. Eastern Time today. A playback of the call will also be available by telephone beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time today until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 21, 2014. The playback number is 1-855-859-2056 from within the U.S. and Canada or 1-404-537-3406 from outside the U.S. and Canada with the eight-digit reservation number 55899846.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with 4,581 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through Rite Aid’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Statements, including guidance, in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” and “will” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, our high level of indebtedness and our ability to make interest and principal payments on our debt and satisfy the other covenants contained in our debt agreements, general economic, market and competitive conditions, our ability to improve the operating performance of our stores in accordance with our long term strategy, the impact of private and public third-party payers continued reduction in prescription drug reimbursements and efforts to encourage mail order, our ability to manage expenses and our investments in working capital, outcomes of legal and regulatory matters and changes in legislation or regulations, including healthcare reform. These and other risks, assumptions and uncertainties are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

See the attached table for a reconciliation of a non-GAAP financial measure, Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income excluding the impact of income taxes (and any corresponding adjustments to tax indemnification asset), interest expense, depreciation and amortization, LIFO adjustments, charges or credits for facility closing and impairment, inventory write-downs related to store closings, debt retirements and other items (including stock-based compensation expense, sale of assets and investments and revenue deferrals related to our customer loyalty program).

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Contact:

Investors: 0 0 717-975-3710, Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Rite Aid increased supplies of whooping cough booster vaccine Tdap at all 578 California locations after “Epidemic” spike in whooping cough cases for 2014

Increase Comes After State Public Health Officials Report “Epidemic” Spike in Whooping Cough Cases for 2014

CAMP HILL, PA, 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid has increased supplies of the whooping cough booster vaccine Tdap at all 578 California locations after the California Department of Public Health reported1 the number of whooping cough cases in the state has reached “epidemic proportions.” There have been 3,458 cases of whooping cough so far in 2014 – more than were reported in all of 2013, officials recently stated.

Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacists in California can vaccinate patients age 3 and over against whooping cough and more than a dozen other diseases based on CDC vaccine guidelines. Cost varies based on the patient’s insurance coverage and the Tdap vaccine is covered by many insurance plans. Tdap vaccinations are available during pharmacy hours and no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Named for the high-pitched “whooping” sound typically accompanying severe coughing fits, whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is particularly dangerous for infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says about half of whooping cough patients under a year of age require hospitalization and that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the bacterial infection.

Although young children typically receive the whooping cough from their primary health care providers as part of a regular vaccine schedule, the CDC recommends a Tdap booster dose between ages 11 and 12; individuals who did not receive a Tdap booster dose at those ages should receive one as soon as possible. Additionally, Tdap is recommended for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months, including grandparents, family members and childcare providers. Women who are pregnant should get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy to protect their newborn from whooping cough.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

  1. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR14-056.aspx

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Meijer gears up for the Fourth of July celebrations with perfect apparel to help you display a patriotic theme

Get your red, white and blue on!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner, and Meijer has the perfect apparel to help you display a patriotic theme the way you are most comfortable.

Stars and Stripes: Going all out with flags, stars and stripes is easy to manage with Americana motif Tee’s, flip flops, hand bags and scarves.

Subtle Touches: Wear a white bottom (a summer must-have) with a red or blue top. Add an Americana scarf tied to your handbag for just the right amount of patriotic flair. The scarf can also be used as the cooler night temperatures settle in. Just one piece of themed apparel or accessory can go a long way.

Keep it Simple: Forget the stars and stripes and wear one of the season’s top trends in colors of red, white and/or blue. Choose from a high/low summer dress, a  maxi dress, white bottoms or soft pants with a summer chiffon top.

Summer items are currently available at Meijer with the American theme and in vibrant reds and blues.

For additional advice on in-trend fashions and other ideas from the Meijer Style Team, please visitwww.MeijerStyle.com.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Chris Morrisroe, 248-666-3897, cmorrisroe@comcast.net

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Meijer gears up for the Fourth of July celebrations with perfect apparel to help you display a patriotic theme

Meijer gears up for the Fourth of July celebrations with perfect apparel to help you display a patriotic theme

Meijer pharmacy marks 20 millionth free customer prescription through its free prescription program

Retailer’s program helps address rising health care costs, saving customers more than $284 million

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer pharmacies marked a major milestone this month when one of the retailer’s pharmacists dispensed the 20 millionth free customer prescription through its free prescription program. The program – a first of its kind when launched in October 2006 – has since saved Meijer customers more than $284 million, said Nat Love, vice president of Drug Store for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“Meijer is a family-owned company committed to meeting the needs of other families. We do this by providing positive solutions to everyday problems, which can include access to necessary medications,” Love said. “We began our free prescription program with that in mind, and are pleased that so many families across the Midwest have found it valuable.”

The retailer’s free prescription program helps ensure the health of families and individuals by enabling Meijer customers, regardless of insurance or co-pay, to have their prescriptions filled. The program began by covering leading oral general antibiotics, with a special focus on the prescriptions most often filled for children. The program expanded over the years by offering free pre-natal vitamins in May 2008,  metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, in 2010, and the generic substitute for Lipitor®* (atorvastatin calcium), the cholesterol lowering medication, in 2012.

“A free prescription program absolutely plays a valuable role in the care of patients who might not be able to afford their prescription medications,” said Michael Klepser, professor and infectious diseases specialist at Ferris State University. “Unfortunately, many patients who cannot afford their medications often do not tell this to their physicians, and therefore do not take the medications. The Meijer program provides a foundation for health across communities and helps ensure that patients fill necessary prescriptions vital to their care or the care of their families.”

The most popular free prescription filled at Meijer has been the generic cholesterol lowering medication, which helped grow the program by more than 50 percent last year, Love said. Last year, Meijer pharmacy customers filled 1.75 million atorvastatin calcium prescriptions, followed by more than 1.5 million antibiotics, more than 918,000 Metformin, and more than 518,000 free prenatal vitamin prescriptions.

In addition to the free prescription program, Meijer pharmacies have continued to expand the clinical services they offer customers. In 2013, clinical services, such as immunizations, medication management and health screenings, were up 44 percent. Specially-trained pharmacist care coaches, located in 210 pharmacies in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky, often work with physicians and patients on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The goal is to help patients establish health goals and create a personalized health care action plan that can significantly reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency-room visits.

“We’re proud that we’ve helped millions of families improve their health and wellness without impacting their budgets,” Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. “Providing low-cost solutions for the customers who rely on our pharmacies is part of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

*Lipitor® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 210 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer pharmacy marks 20 millionth free customer prescription through its free prescription program

Meijer pharmacy marks 20 millionth free customer prescription through its free prescription program

Price Chopper opens new supermarket in Chatham, N.Y.

Flag Raising, National Anthem and Ribbon Cutting Mark Grand Opening

Schenectady, N.Y., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Friday morning, the Ghent VFW raised the American flag to the national anthem performed by Arielle King in celebration of the grand opening of the newest Price Chopper Supermarket located at 2614 Route 66 in Ghent.

Price Chopper Executive Chairman of the Board Neil Golub, President and CEO Jerry Golub, Store Manager Henry Feller and other company officials were joined by New York State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (District 107), Town of Ghent Supervisor Michael Benvenuto and shoppers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are so pleased to offer a brand-new, state-of-the-art supermarket here in the Chatham-Ghent area,” said Jerry Golub. “As a homegrown business, we are proud of our small town roots and look forward to providing Price Chopper quality, value and customer service to all who enter our doors. And we appreciate the opportunity to be a valued neighbor by helping to nourish the community around us, both literally and figuratively,” he added.

The new 44,000-square-foot Price Chopper employs 151 teammates, 21 full time and 130 part time, which is 74 more than the number employed at the store it replaces.

Price Chopper’s traditional preview party was held at the store from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and raised monetary donations, matched in full by Price Chopper and by up to $2,500 from the real estate developer, Schuyler Companies. The proceeds were divided among the evening’s beneficiaries — Chatham Little League, Chatham Rescue Squad and Ghent Food Pantry. Attendees were treated to hot and cold buffet stations and an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $250 Price Chopper gift card.

Price Chopper Chatham Grand Opening

In addition to a quality selection of groceries, that includes a wide variety of gluten-free, organic, natural, and locally grown and produced products and a full-service pharmacy, other highlighted offers available at the new Chatham Price Chopper include:

A fresh, full-service Seafood Department, featuring a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish from around the world that Price Chopper will fry or steam free of charge, fresh lobster, all natural no water added scallops and a menu of fried seafood dinners, including Price Chopper’s popular signature fried haddock dinner.

A fresh Meat Department, featuring Certified Angus Beef; all natural pork and Grade A poultry; along with Chiappetti brand all natural fresh lamb, veal, and grass fed anti-biotic beef in addition to an assortment of marinated, seasoned, stuffed and panko-dredged ready-to-cook entrees and a variety of processed meat products, including local favorites like Hatfield and Bilinski Sausage.

A fresh Produce Department, featuring superior quality fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from regional farms during the Northeast growing season and from farms around the world, including conventional and organic produce, “first of the season” items, specialties and exotics. This store will also carry a great variety of fresh cut fruit and vegetables along with a wide selection of natural juices.

Central Market Florist, Price Chopper’s signature floral department, which is the largest florist in the Northeast, a leading provider of custom wedding arrangements and a top 100 FTD wire-service member. It offers high quality bouquets and arrangements for all occasions, as well as a seasonal outdoor nursery for gardening and home enhancement needs, wreaths, potted plants, seasonal flats and plant care items.

A fresh Bakery Department, offering hand-decorated donuts; a variety of traditional and crusty artisan breads and bagels; a variety of choose-your-own artisan rolls; cakes, cupcakes, pies, muffins, and elegant special occasion desserts.

A fresh Deli Department, featuring a wide variety of sliced to order deli meats and cheese, including our own Price Chopper brand and the premium Dietz & Watson line, no preservatives added home-style and specialty salads, assorted imported, domestic and local cheeses and a selection of chef inspired entrees and sides.

A fresh Food Service offer featuring several flavors of Price Chopper’s award-winning, slow roasted, all natural rotisserie chicken; Bella Roma pizza, made fresh with hand-stretched dough; subs and sandwiches made fresh on just-baked breads and rolls; hand-breaded fried chicken and a hot and cold soup bar.

A full service Pharmacy and Health & Wellness destination with counter service, private consultation and convenient drive-thru, plus Price Chopper’s signature programs including the Diabetes AdvantEdge, RxAdvantEdge, immunizations and the NuVal nutritional scoring system. The pharmacy will also have a Price Chopper Health Station where patients can monitor their blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse oximetry, free of charge. Additionally, NuVal scores, the revolutionary nutritional system that gives thousands of fresh and packaged foods a score of 1 to100 – the higher the
number, the higher the nutritional value will be found on store signage and in the upper right-hand corner of shelf tags.

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About Price Chopper
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com .

Contact:
Mona Golub
Price Chopper
518.379.1480

Jonathan Pierce, APR
Pierce Communications
518.427.1186
518.221.1186 (cell)
jon@albanypr.com

Giant launches International Pre-Travel Consultations and Immunizations at select Giant Food stores

In-Store Pharmacists Offer International Pre-Travel Consultations and Immunizations to Giant Customers

LANDOVER, Md., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Travel-related illnesses can ruin a good trip; no matter where in the world you go. In an effort to keep customers healthy on their adventures and provide a full range of health services, Giant Food of Landover, Md. is now offering pre-travel consultations, immunizations, and advice at select Giant Food stores.

Giant Food Travel Health Clinics, staffed by specially-trained pharmacists, provide convenient, comprehensive pre-travel consultations. A pre-travel visit includes current and destination-specific recommendations for a $30 fee. Recommendations may include immunizations, prophylactic medications (such as anti-malaria drugs), and specific health advice to prevent and treat illness travelers may encounter. Giant Food Travel Health Clinics administer immunizations to help prevent Hepatitis, Yellow Fever, Measles, Meningitis, Polio, Typhoid and other diseases.

“We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality service to support our pharmacy customers’ busy lives, and that includes travel abroad plans,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “Whether it’s travel for business, service or study abroad, or leisure, our Travel Health Clinic pharmacists will work with each customer to provide specialized assistance and consultation customized to travel destinations.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that some diseases that are not common in the United States still exist in other countries—and even in airplanes and airports during layover travel. International travel continues to grow substantially and many travelers are unaware of the risks they face or how to minimize them. For this reason, a review of your family’s medical history is a crucial first step before traveling. Even if your family has all the recommended vaccines, “booster shots” are sometimes needed for vaccines that have become less effective over time. CDC recommends consulting with a travel medicine specialist, like those at Giant’s Travel Health Clinics, at least four to six weeks before departure. Contact a Giant Food Travel Health Clinic to help you prepare for a safe and healthy trip prior to your next excursion.

Travel Health Clinic locations include:

  • Alexandria
    7558 Telegraph Road
    Alexandria, VA 22315
  • Arlington
    3450 Washington Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22201
    290111 South Glebe Rd
    Arlington, VA 22206
  • Ashburn
    44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza
    Unit 160
    Ashburn, VA 20147
  • Charlottesville
    1900 Abbey Rd
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Centreville
    5616 Stone Rd
    Centreville, VA 20120
  • Fairfax
    10653 Braddock Rd
    Fairfax, VA 22032
    13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
    Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Fredericksburg
    550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway
    Fredericksburg, VA 22406
    1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Haymarket
    5581 Merchants View Square
    Haymarket, VA 20169
  • Lorton
    8941 Ox Rd
    Lorton, VA 22079
  • Manassas
    10100 Dumfries Rd
    Manassas, VA 20110
  • McLean
    1454 Chain Bridge Rd
    McLean, VA 22101
  • Stafford
    317 Worth Ave
    Stafford, VA 22554
  • Spotsylvania
    10346 Courthouse Rd
    Spotsylvania, VA 22553
  • Washington D.C.
    1400 7th St NW
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Woodbridge
    4309 Dale Blvd
    Dale City, VA 22193

For more information, please visit: http://www.giantfood.com/live-well/pharmacy/

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Commissary starts this year’s Feds Feed Families campaign

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary employees and customers are working together again this year to collect donations for the Feds Feed Families campaign.

The campaign, which takes place June 1 through Aug. 31, collects much-needed items for local food banks. Customers and employees can donate nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to the campaign using marked bins located at the entries or exits of participating commissaries.

“Contributing to the communities that surround our stores is important to the commissaries,” said Vicki Archileti, DeCA’s executive director of infrastructure support. “Times are still tough for a lot of families, and with commissaries and our patrons working together we hope to lessen that burden.”

Last year, commissaries collected almost 740,000 pounds, or 39 percent of the Department of Defense’s total, of items for local food banks. In 2013, DOD collected over 1.9 million pounds, and donations from the entire federal government totaled 9 million pounds.

Commissaries will again serve as collection points for the campaign. Once the items have been collected the installation will pick up the items and deliver them to a local food bank. Some commissaries also sold prepackaged donations packages, which allowed customers to purchase the bags and then drop them in the collection bins before leaving the store.

The most-needed items for donations include:

Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt
Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices
Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
Multigrain cereal
100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes
Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins, cleaning supplies
Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo
Although no goals have been established for the 2014 campaign, the commissaries are confident that with the help of their patrons and employees the 2013 totals will be exceeded. “For the last three years our patrons and employees have never failed to make this campaign a success,” said Archileti. “We are looking forward to another great campaign year.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Grocery carts for special-needs children “Caroline’s Cart” to be available in 40 commissaries across United States

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-6-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forty commissaries across the United States will soon offer grocery carts designed specifically for special-needs children.

Called “Caroline’s Cart,” it enables special-needs children – or even adults under 250 pounds – to safely and easily accompany parents or caretakers on commissary shopping trips. The cart provides the option of using one basket instead of pushing both a wheelchair or stroller and a grocery cart when shopping.

“Many retailers and malls are now offering these special-needs carts,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputy director of logistics. “Placing these carts into our commissaries will provide a valuable service to many military families at these installations.”

Eller said some commissaries have already received the carts. “Once we roll out the first 40 and gauge response, we’ll see if we should deploy more to the field,” he said.

Slightly larger than a traditional shopping cart, the special-needs carts have handles that swing away to allow easy access to the seat, and a platform below the seat serves as a footrest. With the occupant facing the cart operator, the seat contains a five-point adjustable harness for support. The cart’s two 8-inch wheels and four casters provide maneuverability and stability, and brakes help ensure safety while loading or unloading the passenger.

The carts will be located at the front of the store, or customers can ask a manager for assistance. Carts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It will be the patron’s responsibility to place the individual in the cart.

Commissaries, listed by state, that will have Caroline’s Carts available are:

Alabama: Redstone Arsenal
California: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Base San Diego, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Colorado: Peterson Air Force Base
D.C.: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
Florida: Naval Station Mayport, Patrick Air Force Base
Georgia: Fort Benning, Fort Gordon
Hawaii: Pearl Harbor Commissary at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Illinois: Naval Station Great Lakes
Kansas: Fort Leavenworth, McConnell Air Force Base
Kentucky: Fort Knox
Maryland: Fort Meade
Missouri: Richards-Gebaur
Montana: Malmstrom Air Force Base
Nevada: Nellis Air Force Base
New Hampshire: Naval Shipyard Portsmouth
New Mexico: Cannon Air Force Base
New York: Fort Hamilton
North Carolina: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Fort Bragg South
Ohio: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Oklahoma: Tinker Air Force Base
South Carolina: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Tennessee: Naval Support Activity Memphis
Texas: Fort Bliss, Fort Hood – Clear Creek
Virginia: Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (both commissaries), Naval Air Station Oceana, Marine Corps Base Quantico
Washington: Fairchild Air Force Base, McChord Commissary at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Read more about Caroline’s Cart.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil