Walgreens announces that naloxone is now available without prescriptionin in all of its Pennsylvania pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without requiring a prescription from an individual’s physician in all of its Pennsylvania pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 120 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Pennsylvania families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” said Kimberly Treece, Walgreens Regional Vice President in Pennsylvania. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

Since its original announcement about naloxone, Walgreens has made the medication available without a prescription at its pharmacies throughout the states of New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Indiana and Ohio, and has now expanded that access to Pennsylvania. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“I applaud Walgreens for taking this step. Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can save the life of someone suffering addiction and an overdose from a prescription painkiller or heroin,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General. “The medication gives the patient the opportunity to get the treatment that they need. The disease of addiction is complex and the State’s response requires all hands on deck, including our partners in the community, like Walgreens pharmacy.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 40 states, including Pennsylvania. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations later this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.


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Russian health and beauty retailer 36.6 acquires Alliance Healthcare Russia

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today announced that it has sold its local pharmaceutical wholesale business, Alliance Healthcare Russia, to leading Russian health and beauty retailer 36.6 (Moscow Exchange: APTK).

Following completion, Walgreens Boots Alliance will own a 15% stake in the 36.6 group.

Notes to Editors:

About 36.6 
36.6 (listed on the Moscow Exchange, ticker APTK) is a leading health and beauty retailer with around 1,000 stores in Moscow and Moscow region. It employs around 4,800 people.

About Walgreens Boots Alliance 
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory. More company information is available at www.walgreensbootsalliance.com.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

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Lin’s in St. George launches new service allowing customers to order their groceries online and pick them up curbside at the store

Local Grocery Store Offers Online Shopping to Guests

St. George, UT, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forget packing the kids into the car and hoping for a close parking spot to escape the blistering heat faster. Grocery shopping at Lin’s in St. George just got much easier thanks to Lin’s to Go. The new service allows guests to order their groceries online and pick them up curbside at the store. Lin’s to Go is currently available at the Washington Fields location and will soon be implemented at the Sunset Boulevard store.

Lin’s to Go makes grocery shopping easy with four simple steps. First shoppers need to create a free Lin’s to Go account on the Lin’s website. Once their account has been created, they can select which groceries they want. After their order is complete, they select a time to pick-up their groceries. When they arrive, they can park in one of the designated areas and text the Lin’s to Go team to bring their groceries out to the car.

“The purpose of Lin’s to Go is to help you get the groceries you need, even when you don’t have time to shop,” said Steve Bitter, Customer Service Operations Manager for Associated Retail Operations and Lin’s. “Our personal shoppers have been trained to shop for you the way you would shop for yourself. If they have any questions about your order, they’ll text you to make sure we provide exactly what you want.”

There is a small fee for the service, but shoppers will benefit from all in-store ads, sales and promotions. The service launched when the Washington Fields location opened and guests have loved it. Lin’s expects to reach more shoppers across St. George with the convenient service and is currently looking into expanding the program to all 7 locations across Southern Utah.

Reporters interested in trying Lin’s to Go should contact Rachael Wabel at  rmwabel@afstores.com or 801-978-8913.


 About Lin’s
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visitlinsgrocery.com

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Rachael Wabel

PREIT announces DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream to open at Viewmont Mall in Scranton, PA

Transaction reinforces PREIT’s proficiency in proactively replacing anchors

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced a lease has been executed that will bring DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream to Viewmont Mall in Scranton, PA. The dual store format concept will replace the existing Sears at the property in 90,000 square feet of space. Sears will close this July, with DICK’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream scheduled to open for business for Holiday 2017.

Over the past several years, Viewmont Mall has been a main focus in PREIT’s strategy to upgrade the quality of its tenant mix within its portfolio. Viewmont’s remerchandising, which include the recent addition of national tenants Ulta, Buffalo Wild Wings, Forever 21 and Yankee Candle, set the stage for a second phase of redevelopment to join DICK’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream in the near future.

The addition of DICK’S Sporting Goods and Field & Stream as a replacement for Sears also underscores PREIT’s ability to proactively replace vacant anchors. As the Company recasts its anchor mix, it continues to add value to its repositioned portfolio, expanding its dialog with key tenants and adding dynamic retail concepts to its roster.

“We are pleased to continue the trend of improving our portfolio quality and mitigating our anchor risk,” said PREIT CEO Joseph F. Coradino. “As we strengthen the core of our portfolio, as we’ve done at Viewmont, we can see the path to achieving sales of $500 per square foot is well within our reach.”

DICK’S Sporting Goods is the largest U.S.-based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear in a specialty store environment.Field & Stream is a specialty retail concept carrying the best brands to meet the evolving needs of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. Both retailers will serve the needs of Northeastern PA shoppers traveling through the area on their way to the nearby Pocono resorts, a top destination for sporting, hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

Viewmont Mall features over 90 specialty shops and stores. As of December 31, 2015, the center’s sales per square foot were $445 and its total occupancy rate was over 99%, classifying it in the top segment of PREIT’s core growth malls.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc.
Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As ofOctober 31, 2015, the Company operated 645 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

About Field & Stream Specialty Store
Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more.  The store carries a wide variety of top national outdoor brands, including Remington, Sitka, Sage, Shimano and Yeti and provides top of the line in-store services. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing Inc., and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine.  For more information, visit FieldandStreamShop.com.

PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the company owns and operates approximately 27 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has seen a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures.  Information about the Company can be found at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect PREIT’s current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by PREIT’s forward-looking statements include those discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.” PREIT does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241


Best Buy announces 1,000 Toyota Prius c hybrids to serve as its new Geekmobile vehicles

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — With a brand new ride and refreshed logo, Geek Squad is all revved up for the road ahead.

Best Buy announced today the dispatch of nearly 1,000 Toyota Prius c hybrids nationwide to serve as our new Geekmobile vehicles. The new Geekmobile, boldly bearing the updated logo, better reflects today’s new Geek Squad — the nationwide tech-support task force that is continually expanding its services to keep pace with ever-changing technology.

When Geek Squad began more than 20 years ago, it was a small, local business dedicated solely to repairing personal computers. Now, it is a national organization of more than 20,000 Agents who visit homes 13,000 times a day to help customers learn about and enjoy their technology.

“Today’s Geek Squad Agent is more likely to help a client with a new home theater experience, optimizing their Wi-Fi or smart security solution than the family computer,” Geek Squad Chief Inspector Nate Bauer said.

In recognition of today’s big news, Geek Squad has enlisted a special deputy. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Dancing With the Stars cast member and self-confessed geek, will join Agents on the first client house call made in the new Geekmobile.

Agents visit clients’ homes more than 5 million times a year, and the Geekmobile has always been a highly recognized symbol of the Geek Squad brand. That tradition started with the original pistachio-green 1958 Simca Aronde Elysee and continues today with the rollout of the Prius c.

Geek Squad selected the Prius c because of its innovative engineering and environmental advantages. The Prius revolutionized the auto industry as the first mass-produced hybrid car.

The new, greener Geekmobile will cut the Geek Squad fleet’s emissions by 50 percent, as compared with the previous vehicle, which rolled out nationwide in 2004. The switch to the hybrid will help Best Buy make significant progress toward its commitment to reducing its own carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020.

The logo, meanwhile, has been modernized to reflect more than a computer repair heritage. The sleek, refreshed design is easier to read on today’s small screens (think smartphones and watches), as well as when it’s zipping by on the side of a Geekmobile.

You can learn more about Geek Squad’s service offerings online or by visiting your local Best Buy store. You can also download the Geek Squad app, which provides access to our Agents who are available all day, every day.

 Media Contact:

Jeff Shelman, Public Relations

SOURCE: Best Buy


Albertsons Companies launches new store brand, Signature

  • Signature Offers a Wide Range of Quality Products Helping Customers Create Their Own Signature Moments with Pride

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies today is celebrating the launch of its new store brand, Signature, the largest private label across all 2,286 of its stores. Signature is a multi-category brand developed to address consumers’ growing appetite for quality private label products from stores they trust.

The Signature line includes more than 4,000 items – from coffee to juice, soup to cereal, fresh produce to fried chicken, and delicious prepared foods to paper towels, among other trusted home staples – all with a 100% money back guarantee. The Signature line is exclusive to Albertsons Companies and is carried by all 18 banners.

“Our customers take great pride in selecting foods that put their own special signature on meals and create meaningful moments for family and friends, and we have equal pride in putting our name behind the Signature family of brands,” said Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. “At Albertsons Companies, we won’t put our Signature label on just anything; a product has to meet rigorous quality standards and be an exceptional value to carry the Signature brand. We’re watching customer buying trends and striving to meet them where we can help most: where their grocery budget meets their desire for fantastic foods and quality household products.”

Albertsons Companies has created quality items for the Signature brand across six product sectors – Signature SELECT, Signature Kitchens, Signature Farms, Signature Cafe®, Signature Home, and Signature Care. The line includes a wide assortment of pantry staples, prepared foods, fresh produce and ingredients that bring delight to any dish, as well as a broad range of paper goods, laundry products, personal care, and other items. Signature is right at home in every home. Most importantly, all Signature products come with a 100% money-back guarantee.

To further celebrate the Signature launch, actress and Cooking Channel host Tiffani Thiessen has teamed up with Albertsons Companies to inspire shoppers with her tips and recipes for Signature meals and moments. Now in the second season of her popular TV show “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” Thiessen will lead a number of marketing efforts supporting the Signature family of brands.

“Whether I’m developing a new recipe for my cooking show, spending time with my family or having a night in with girlfriends, my life is all about creating special moments and memories,” said Thiessen. “I love sharing a meal with the people I care about, and the value and quality of the products in the new Signature line help me come up with delicious signature dishes – and experiences – that everyone can enjoy.”

Thiessen will be sharing her own personal signature moments and dishes on social media, featuring the #MySignatureMoments hashtag. Consumers are invited to join the conversation and can visit the Albertsons Facebook (www.facebook.com/albertsons) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/Albertsons) pages to submit their own Signature stories, photos and videos, as well as draw inspiration from other shoppers’ unique Signature Moments.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.


Brian Dowling
Vice President, Public Relations

Source: Albertsons

DICK’S Sporting Goods launches its first Team USA-themed TV and digital advertisements

  • New creative tells the story of the sacrifice and dedication of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls participating in the retailer’s in-store employment program

PITTSBURGH, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, today launched its first Team USA-themed TV and digital advertisements as part of its sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The inspiring creative celebrates the journey and sacrifice made by Team USA hopefuls in their pursuit of their Olympic and Paralympic dreams. Campaign elements tell the story of the grit and determination shown by five Team USA hopefuls who work in DICK’S Sporting Goods stores as part of the Company’s Contenders program, which provides flexible work schedules and competitive compensation to qualified athletes.

The athletes featured in the commercial are a small portion of DICK’S roster of nearly 200 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Contenders across 35 sports who are currently employed at 89 stores in 32 states. Athletes featured in the 60-second commercial include:

  • Jon Jones (Track & Field – Shot Put) – Jones, who works in the team sports and fitness departments at a DICK’S Sporting Goods in Amherst, N.Y. is the reigning NCAA Champion in shot put. The recent University of Buffalo graduate became the school’s first-ever NCAA track and field national champion. Since graduating, the 24-year-old has turned his attention to international competition where he placed fifth at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto and earned a gold medal at NACAC Senior Area Championships in Costa Rica.
  • Jessica Medina (Wrestling) – The 29-year-old Medina is currently ranked as the number three woman in the U.S. in her weight class. Born in Chicago and raised in California, she has brought home several podium finishes in U.S. and international competition. She works at an Arizona-based DICK’S Sporting Goods.
  • Desiree Miller (Wheelchair Basketball) – 28-year-old Desiree Miller has already represented Team USA at the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she and the women’s wheelchair basketball team placed fourth. When she isn’t training or competing with her team, she works in the team sports department at a Madison, Wis. DICK’S Sporting Goods.
  • Laura Ryan (Diving) – Laura Ryan works at a Georgia DICK’S Sporting Goods while she trains to represent Team USA in Rio. The 23-year-old University of Georgia graduate has won several collegiate and national titles and plans to attend physician’s assistant school on top of working, training and competing.
  • N’aithan Scott (Track & Field – Hurdles) – Scott, a U.S. Olympic hopeful in the 110m hurdles, works at an Arizona-based DICK’S Sporting Goods. In addition to his grueling training each day, he is a father of two and regularly volunteers to help teach children the importance of nutrition and exercise.

“Each and every one of these athletes is truly an inspiration and living proof of how sports make people better,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Telling their stories and providing an opportunity for our customers to get incredible advice and insight from them in our stores is something we’re proud to do.”

Over the course of the next few months, DICK’S will also debut numerous pieces of original content that tell the stories of more Contenders and give a deeply personal and intimate look at what it takes to make Team USA.

“As a competing athlete, it really means a lot to me what DICK’S is doing for Team USA Contenders. The ability to have a job that works around my training schedule is absolutely amazing,” said 2012 U.S. Paralympian and DICK’S Sporting Goods Contender Desiree Miller. “There is so much hard work and sacrifice that goes into earning a gold medal and working for a company that understands that is really special to an athlete like me.”

To supplement the support that DICK’S is providing to this current group of Contenders, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has also announced a commitment to support the next generation of Contenders.

For every Olympic and Paralympic Games medal that Team USA wins in Rio, the DICK’S Foundation will donate $1,000 to select youth sports organizations who are part of the USOC family to ensure future Contenders are able to play the sports they love. Each of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Contenders will have the opportunity to select an organization that will benefit from this program. A full list of benefitting organizations will be announced at a later date.

“Providing support for future Contenders is something that fully aligns with our brand beliefs and community-focused efforts around youth sports,” said Hobart, who also serves as President of the DICK’S Foundation. “Since its inception in 2014, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter program has provided a platform to address the youth sports funding crisis and show just how important youth sports are to our country. This pledge to donate $1,000 for every medal that Team USA wins at the Olympic and Paralympic Games is an exciting extension of those efforts.”

The new advertisements and newly announced financial commitment are just the beginning of a full set of marketing activations and original content from DICK’S leading up to Team USA competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. DICK’S will also release a documentary later this summer that provides an inside look into the journey of Contender Kerri Walsh Jennings as she chases her fourth gold medal for Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games. Additional original content will be announced over the next few months.

To house all of this content, and to serve as an online home for the Contenders program, DICK’S has launched dicks.com/TheContenders. This website will provide fans with profiles of the Team USA Contenders, updates on their Olympic and Paralympic Games journey and track the Team USA medal count and corresponding donation amount to the various, benefiting youth sports organizations.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of January 30, 2016, the Company operated more than 640 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores. For more information, visit the Press Room at DICKS.com.

Contact DICK’S Sporting Goods: press@dcsg.com