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Navarro Discount Pharmacies broadens reach

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Miami — Navarro Discount Pharmacies has signed a lease for a new 14,000-sq.-ft. store in North Miami, Fla. With a store opening planned for the summer, North Miami will be the company’s 29th store location and its first new store opening since the airport location opened in 2007.

The move is part of the company’s three-year growth plan, which includes adding as many as 22 new store locations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties over the next three years, as well as remodeling up to five existing locations annually. Three existing stores, including Hialeah Gardens, were remodeled in the last 12 months.

"Being in North Miami will allow us to reach out to introduce our successful community pharmacy and discount model to additional ethnic groups and expand our loyal customer base," stated Steve Kaczynski, CEO of Navarro Discount Pharmacies.

According to the retailer, new store and existing store renovations include new merchandise layout, new colors, enhanced signage and improved services for customers, such as a pediatric pharmacy for busy parents, free compounding pharmacy services, a free Diabetes Club for adults and children with diabetes and free prescription delivery for all customers.

Other parts of Navarro’s overall growth plan include identifying new wholesale partnerships and business development opportunities, as well as adding e-commerce capabilities to its website for the Hispanic population that lives outside of Southern Florida.

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Whole Foods emphasizes healthy eating

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New York City — Whole Foods Market is starting to roll out a new range of healthier prepared foods, nutritional scorecards and other changes as part of its return to its healthy eating roots, the Associated Press reported.

The changes are part of the company’s "Health Starts Here” program. Among the changes Whole Foods is rolling out this year:

  • Adding healthier prepared foods and baked goods in stores nationwide that meet new criteria such as sprouted grain bread with no refined flour, added oil, refined sugar or processed ingredients.
  • Posting nutritional scorecards around markets to help shoppers choose foods with the most nutrients per calorie.
  • Employing a specialist in healthy eating at each store to provide tips, tours and demonstrations for customers.
  • Increasing services such as wellness clubs and nutrition education.

Whole Foods is testing wellness clubs at five sites where customers can pay a fee for education, a dining club and discounts on foods that meet the "Health Starts Here" criteria, the Associated Press said.

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Brown Shoe promotes Sullivan to CEO

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St. Louis — Brown Shoe Co. announced Monday it has promoted Diane Sullivan as president and CEO, effective May 26.

Sullivan ha been president and COO.

Current CEO Ron Fromm will remain chairman following a transition period ending in May.

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