Colleen Lindholz to lead Kroger Pharmacy as Kroger’s President of Pharmacy and The Little Clinic

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (April 24, 2017) announced Colleen Lindholz, currently president of The Little Clinic, is expanding her role to also lead Kroger Pharmacy as Kroger’s President of Pharmacy and The Little Clinic.

Ms. Lindholz has been serving as president of The Little Clinic since 2015. She assumes pharmacy responsibilities from Philecia Avery, who resigned earlier this month to pursue other interests.

“Colleen is passionate about helping people live healthier lives,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Colleen’s leadership will help bring our pharmacy and The Little Clinic teams together to advance our mission to simplify healthcare and create solutions that combine health, wellness and nutrition for our customers.”

Ms. Lindholz joined Kroger in 1995 as a pharmacy intern in the Cincinnati/Dayton Division. She held several leadership roles in pharmacy and human resources before being promoted to director of pharmacy sales & marketing at Kroger’s general office in 2013. She was named to her current role in 2015.

“By bringing together these two closely-related teams, pharmacy and The Little Clinic will share common areas of expertise, support and learn from each other, and develop centers of excellence in our health and wellness organization. This will allow for greater collaboration and give us the flexibility to meet the needs of our customers and associates today and in the future,” said Mr. Clark.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Harris Teeter to donate one meal through Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at its pharmacy

Harris Teeter to donate one meal through Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at its pharmacy
Harris Teeter to donate one meal through Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at its pharmacy

 

Matthews. NC, 2016-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter today (8/22/2016) announced a new health and wellness campaign in partnership with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. From August 22, 2016 through April 1, 2017 Harris Teeter will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Harris Teeter pharmacies.

“This year, receiving your flu shot at Harris Teeter will do more than protect you and your family’s health,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “For every flu shot administered in our pharmacies, we’ll provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger. We have a long-standing history of promoting healthy communities and serving our neighbors in need. We’re proud to continue that tradition by merging this preventative health & wellness program with our commitment to our supporting food insecure households in our local communities.”

Every year in the United States more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized by influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone six months and older by the end of October. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.

“Harris Teeter is deeply committed to feeding community members in their neighborhoods who are facing hunger,” said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “This new campaign protects Harris Teeter shoppers this flu season and raises awareness to the thousands of children, seniors and hardworking men and women throughout our communities who struggle with hunger every day.”

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs in communities throughout America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Source: Harris Teeter

Rite Aid Corporation announces sales results for February

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results of its retail pharmacy segment for February.

Monthly Sales
For the five weeks ended Feb. 27, 2016, same store sales decreased 0.8 percent over the prior-year period. February front-end same store sales decreased 0.5 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 269 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, decreased 0.9 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 1.4 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 0.1 percent with isalessales of $2.562 billion compared to $2.559 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.4 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 98.0 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly Sales
Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Feb. 27, 2016 decreased 0.6 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales decreased 0.4 percent while pharmacy same store sales decreased 0.8 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.1 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Feb. 27, 2016 decreased 0.3 percent with sales of $6.775 billion compared to $6.796 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.1 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 52-week period ended Feb. 27, 2016 increased 1.3 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.2 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 1.8 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.5 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 52 weeks ended Feb. 27, 2016 increased 1.3 percent with sales of $26.681 billion compared to $26.349 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.1 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Going forward, Rite Aid will no longer report sales and comparable store sales results on a monthly basis. Rite Aid will continue to provide this information on a quarterly basis as part of its quarterly reporting.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Feb. 27, 2016, the company operated 4,561 stores compared to 4,570 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements 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. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that 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.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Rite Aid October sales: same store sales increased 1.0 percent over the prior-year period

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for October.

Monthly Sales
For the four weeks ended Oct. 24, 2015, same store sales increased 1.0 percent over the prior-year period. October front-end same store sales decreased 0.5 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 249 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 1.7 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 1.4 percent to $2.086 billion compared to $2.058 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.7 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 34-week period ended Oct. 24, 2015 increased 2.2 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 3.0 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.6 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 34 weeks ended Oct. 24, 2015 increased 2.2 percent with sales of $17.350 billion compared to $16.982 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.5 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Oct. 24, 2015, the company operated 4,561 stores compared to 4,571 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com.

Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements 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. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that 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.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

SOURCE:  Rite Aid Corp.

Rite Aid: same store sales in August increased 1.6 percent YoY

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for August.

Monthly Sales
For the five weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015, same store sales increased 1.6 percent over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 0.6 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 222 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 2.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 0.3 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 1.6 percent to $2.546 billion compared to $2.507 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.6 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly Sales
Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.1 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 2.8 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 1.9 percent with sales of $6.602 billion compared to $6.477 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.3 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 26-week period ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.5 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.5 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 3.4 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.9 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 26 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.3 percent with sales of $13.205 billion compared to $12.902 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.2 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Aug. 29, 2015, the company operated 4,561 stores compared to 4,572 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements 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. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that 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.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Meijer to open and operate full-service retail pharmacy on the campus of the Spectrum Health Medical Center

Partnership expected to bring convenience to patients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2015-4-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spectrum Health and Meijer have signed a letter of intent to explore the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer opening and operating a full-service retail pharmacy on the campus of the Spectrum Health Medical Center.

A final agreement would allow Meijer to operate a comprehensive retail pharmacy in Butterworth Hospital, building upon a national growing trend to offer improved access and convenience to patients who choose to have prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital.

“As part of our goal to transform the care model, we are working to help patients obtain their medications more efficiently. We expect this move to help drive better health outcomes for our patients and enhance their satisfaction and overall experience,” Spectrum Health Hospital Group President Christina Freese-Decker said. “The relationship with Meijer is built upon a partnership of mutual respect and serves as an extension of Spectrum Health’s commitment to positively impact the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”

“The genuine care provided at our pharmacies continues to differentiate Meijer as a leader in the industry,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “That role will continue to evolve as individuals become more focused on leading healthy lifestyles. We believe this partnership with Spectrum Health continues this evolution while providing an opportunity to improve patient health.”

The pharmacy will provide patients, families, employees and hospital providers with an on-campus option for medications and over-the-counter products. This pharmacy would also include access to the Meijer free prescription program, which has filled more than 23 million prescriptions, saving customers nearly $350 million since 2006 when the program began, as well as easy prescription transfers to one of its 213 locations and eligibility for the Meijer Pharmacy Rewards program offered through mPerks.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 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 apparel departments, garden centers and electronic offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 11 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 173 ambulatory and service sites; 1,200 physicians and advanced practice providers including members of Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a 626,000-member health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 21,800 employees. The organization provided $294.6 million in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. In 2014, Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics.

spectrumhealth.org

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com or Melissa Kamara Liggins, 616-391-7920, melissa.kamaraliggins@spectrumhealth.org

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Rite Aid reports its February 2015 same store sales increased by 3.3 percent over the prior-year period

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for February.

Monthly Sales

For the five weeks ended Feb. 28, 2015, same store sales increased 3.3 percent over the prior-year period. February front-end same store sales increased 1.6 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 144 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 4.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 2.2 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 1.7 percent to $2.557 billion compared to $2.513 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.2 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.6 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly Sales

Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Feb. 28, 2015 increased 4.5 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 2.0 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.7 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.5 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Feb. 28, 2015 increased 3.5 percent with sales of $6.795 billion compared to $6.564 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.1 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date

Same store sales for the 52-week period ended Feb. 28, 2015 increased 4.3 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.2 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.8 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.5 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 52 weeks ended Feb. 28, 2015 increased 3.7 percent with sales of $26.345 billion compared to $25.408 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.8 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Feb. 28, 2015, the company operated 4,570 stores compared to 4,587 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements 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. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that 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 assumptionsor otherwise.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Rite Aid sales results for October: same store sales up 5.5%; front-end same store sales up 2% and Pharmacy same store sales increased 7.1%

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for October.

Monthly Sales

For the four weeks ended Oct. 25, 2014, same store sales increased 5.5 percent over the prior-year period. October front-end same store sales increased 2.0 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 228 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 7.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 4.9 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 5.0 percent to $2.058 billion compared to $1.961 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.1 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date

Same store sales for the 34-week period ended Oct. 25, 2014 increased 4.0 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.9 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.4 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.4 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 34 weeks ended Oct. 25, 2014 increased 3.5 percent with sales of $16.982 billion compared to $16.410 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 68.9 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Oct. 25, 2014, the company operated 4,574 stores compared to 4,599 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements 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. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that 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.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766