Albertsons Companies strengthens its pharmacy specialty services with the acquisition of MedCart Specialty Pharmacy

Boise, ID, 2017-Jun-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (May 31, 2017) that it recently acquired MedCart Specialty Pharmacy in order to strengthen and extend its pharmacy specialty services. MedCart Specialty Pharmacy is an industry-leading, URAC accredited, pharmaceutical and healthcare provider of customized specialty care services and medication management for patients and physicians addressing complex diseases.

“MedCart Specialty Pharmacy has built an exemplary operation which complements our patient centered care strategy and pharmacy services growth plan,” explained Mark Panzer, Senior Vice President, Albertsons Companies, Pharmacy Health and Wellness. “Their team has done a tremendous job establishing a service culture that focuses on the patient.”

MedCart Specialty Pharmacy, privately owned since 2012, will continue to operate as it does today as a new business unit under the Albertsons Companies Pharmacy team structure. The current MedCart leadership will carry on leading their team and report directly to Dain Rusk, Group Vice President, Pharmacy Operations, Albertsons Companies.

“We’re excited to join the Albertsons Companies team,” states Eddie Abueida, RPh, Co-founder and Vice President, Specialty Operations, MedCart Specialty Pharmacy. “Our business principles and goals complement one another, which benefit everyone involved in the partnership – most importantly our patients.”

MedCart Specialty Pharmacy provides specialty prescription services and medications from two facilities in Michigan: one specialty pharmacy operations center and one local pharmacy.

“We’ve worked hard to create an infrastructure that serves patients and providers with the utmost in quality specialty care services and coordination that are required for these medications,” Ed Saleh, RPh, Co-founder and Vice President, Specialty Business Development, MedCart Specialty Pharmacy. “Albertsons Companies presented an excellent opportunity for us to extend our mission to more patients.”

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 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

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Albertsons Companies’ SVP of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness Mark Panzer expands role to include General Merchandise and HABA

Boise, ID, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that Mark Panzer, who was named the Company’s Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness in May 2015, has accepted the additional responsibility of leading General Merchandise and HABA.

“Mark’s impact on our operation in 2015 was immediate. He brought a wealth of industry experience with him when he joined our team that make him a natural fit to lead GM and HABA in addition to his current responsibilities,” said Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer. “We are completely committed to offering unique and innovative products that meet customers’ changing preferences throughout the store, including GM and HABA. I know Mark will tackle the responsibilities in these high-growth categories with the same enthusiasm he has brought to our Pharmacy and Health & Wellness operation.”

Panzer’s retail career began at Osco Drug stores over 40 years ago. He held senior leadership roles at American Drug Stores and Albertson’s, Inc, following their merger in 1999, as well as Rite Aid and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Inc. He returned to Albertsons in May 2015 to oversee the company’s Health & Wellness Initiatives and 1,760 pharmacies.

“Health & Wellness reaches well beyond the pharmacy and further into a traditional grocery store,” said Panzer. “As customers move to take more control of their health care, retailers need to pivot quickly to support their diverse needs. Our teams understand their customers’ needs better than anyone in the business, and by combining our Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, GM and HABA teams, we’ll be well positioned to serve our customers across our diverse market areas.”

Panzer will office out of the company’s Boise, ID corporate campus.

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 36 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.

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AB Acquisition LLC announces the appointment of Mark Panzer as SVP of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness

BOISE, ID, 2015-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — AB Acquisition LLC, parent company of Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc., and Safeway Inc. (collectively Albertsons) announced today that Mark Panzer has been named Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, overseeing the company’s 1,760 pharmacies in 34 states across the country. Panzer replaces Darren Singer, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Panzer’s retail career began at Osco Drug stores over 40 years ago. He moved into roles in Regional Sales and Marketing and Regional Operations for the drug store chain, eventually serving as District Manager as well as Director and subsequently Vice President of Sales and Marketing with American Drug Stores. Those roles led to his being named Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Albertsons following its merger with American Stores in 1999. In 2001, Mark left the company to join Rite Aid as Executive Vice President of Store Operations, and in 2005 was named Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for that company, leaving in 2008 to become President & CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, Inc.

“Mark understands and appreciates the entrepreneurial spirit that embodies how we go to market across our divisions, and we’re thrilled that he’s chosen to come back to our team,” said Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for Albertsons. “Early on in his career, Mark was part of the team that helped define what great customer service meant for pharmacy operations in a grocery company. Moreover, he has proven himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and is well respected throughout the industry. His extensive retail, sales, and marketing experience will be invaluable to our Pharmacy team as we move forward with our goal to be the Favorite Local Supermarket™ for our customers and employees.”

Panzer’s new role is effective immediately, and he will relocate to the Boise office in the coming weeks.

About AB Acquisition LLC

AB Acquisition LLC, the parent company of Albertson’s LLC, New Albertson’s, Inc., and Safeway Inc., is one of the world’s largest food and drug retailers, with more than 2,200 stores and 1,700 pharmacies in 34 states and the District of Columbia under 18 banners, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United, Pavilions, Star Market, Market Street, Amigos, and Carrs. The company is privately owned by a consortium led by Cerberus Capital Management.

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