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Best Buy to Extend Holiday Hours

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis, In a move it says is intended to make shopping more convenient for its customers, Best Buy announced today that it will extend its hours of operation beginning this month and throughout early January. All 714 stores will have added hours, including an 18-hour day to shop on Friday, Nov. 25.

The additional hours are a response to a recent customer survey, in which nearly 80% of Best Buy customers said shopping for gifts was the main source for increased stress during the holidays, as well as in response to customer requests for more time and flexibility to shop during the holiday season.

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Hurricane Wilma Hits Macy’s at the Holidays

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Miami, According to a report in the Miami Herald, three Macy’s stores in South Florida will probably remain closed until after Christmas. The stores sustained damage from Hurricane Wilma last month. The damaged stores, owned by Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores, are located in Fashion Mall in Plantation, Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale and The Falls in South Miami-Dade County.

Long- and short-term store closings in Florida last month accounted for a 1.7% decline in Federated’s same-store sales in October and a 0.5% decline in the third quarter, the company said.

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Walgreens Buys Schraft’s

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Deerfield, Ill., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy has finalized the purchase of Schraft’s A Specialty Pharmacy LLC. Schraft’s, a family-owned pharmacy headquartered in Livingston, N.J., is a provider of advanced fertility medications and services. The business will operate under its current name. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy is a business unit of Walgreen Co.

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