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Mervyns to Open Five Stores in 2009

BY CSA STAFF

Hayward, Calif. Mervyns will launch an e-commerce site in the fourth quarter of 2008 and open five stores in the company’s core markets across California and the Southwest in 2009.

The retailer also plans to sell an estimated five to 10 underperforming locations, and  has retained DJM Realty to manage disposition of this real estate. The company anticipates that its new online business will generate $50 million in sales.

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Kroger reminds families about food safety

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CINCINNATI As the summer grilling season approaches, The Kroger Co.’s family of stores is reminding customers about the four keys to safe grilling: chill, clean, separate and cook.

“Grilling out with family and friends is a terrific summer pastime we can all enjoy. At Kroger, we are partnering with our customers to remind them to follow these easy food safety tips so that every cookout is a success,” said Joe Grieshaber, group VP Kroger’s meat, seafood, deli and produce departments.

For more information about fresh meat and food safety, Kroger invites customers to visit: www.kroger.com/safefood.

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Retail pharmacies partner with Google for new health tool

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NEW YORK Retail pharmacies such as CVS Caremark and Walgreens have partnered with Google to help consumers manage their health care information online through Google’s latest product, Google Health.

Using the Google Health tool, consumers can access vital health information, such as their prescription history. In addition, Google is working with the retailers to better integrate its product with their pharmacies. For example, patients who receive treatment at CVS’s MinuteClinic will be able to securely import their visit summaries into their Google Health Accounts. For its part, Walgreens is offering customers the chance to have their prescription history updated to Google Health on a daily basis.

Google Health is available on the Web at www.google.com/health.

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