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Blaylock to lead Walgreens Health Services

BY CSA STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens today announced that Stanley Blaylock, corporate vp and senior vp of specialty pharmacy and home care for Walgreens Health Services, the managed care division of Walgreens, has been promoted to a corporate senior vp and president of Walgreens Health Services. Blaylock replaces Trent Taylor, who has left his position at Walgreens.

Blaylock joined Walgreens in 2006 with the companys acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Medmark Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, where he was president and ceo. After the acquisition, he led Walgreens specialty pharmacy and home care business, which now includes Option Care, a specialty pharmacy and home infusion services provider acquired by Walgreens in August 2007.

Walgreens also announced the promotion of David Van Howe from vp of purchasing to a corporate vice president. Howe joined Walgreens in 2000 as general merchandise manager of beauty and fashion. He was promoted to a divisional vp in 2004 and oversaw the purchasing departments health and wellness division before being named vp of purchasing last April.

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Big Lots reports exec changes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Big Lots today announced a retirement, advancements, and new assignments.

Donald Mierzwa, evp of store operations, will retire April 15, 2008, after 19 years with the company. Mierzwa oversaw store standards, customer service, personnel development, and program implementation for the chain’s 1,300+ stores in 47 states. A search will begin immediately for his successor.

Norman Rankin has been named senior vp of Big Lots Capital and will be responsible for Big Lots Capital and the wholesale division. Rankin will report to ceo Steve Fishman in his new role.

Robert Segal has been promoted to senior vp of general merchandise manager responsible for the furniture and home divisions.

Charles Haubiel II has assumed additional responsibility for the company’s real Estate Department and has been named senior vp of legal and real estate. He will continue to serve as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary.

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BJ’s monthly merchandise comps up 5.9%

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NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club reported that total sales for December 2008 increased by 3.2% to $1.06 billion from $1.03 billion in December 2007. On a comparable-club basis, sales increased by 1.6% for the month of December, including a negative impact from sales of gasoline of 4.3%. Excluding gasoline sales, merchandise comparable club sales increased by 5.9% in December.

BJ’s reported that a comparable-club sales increase of approximately 9% in food was somewhat weaker than planned and reflected the impact of sales interruptions in the Northeast caused by winter storms during critical food shopping periods. An increase of approximately 2% in general merchandise sales was somewhat higher than planned and was driven by strong sales of low-margin televisions and other consumer electronics, and by a higher level of promotions and price reductions versus last year, particularly in seasonal and toys. Sales decreased during the first three weeks and increased during the last two weeks. The decreases in weeks two and three reflected the negative impact of snow and ice storms in the Northeast.

For the month of January 2009 the company expects to report an increase in merchandise comparable club sales, excluding gasoline sales, of approximately 6%.

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