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Rite Aid, Beverly Hills, California

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Rite Aid’s store in Beverly Hills, California, has completed a major remodel that reflects the latest evolution of the drugstore retailer’s “wellness store” format.

The project included a total remodel and enlargement of the pharmacy area. Upon entering the store, there is a direct path to the pharmacy, which has been cleared of merchandise and has an eye-catching design. Additionally, there is a private consultation room where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with customers, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy services.

The remodeled store also features a reconfigured check-out area; the redesign of several key departments, including beauty and over-the-counter medicines and first aid; and the addition of a cafe and patio area.

Other key elements of the chain’s wellness store format as seen in Beverly Hills include an easy-to-navigate layout and clear departmental signage; a relaxing, warm color palette accented by wood tones; and expanded merchandise offerings centered around wellness including gluten-free and organic foods and home fitness equipment.

Rite Aid’s wellness store format is designed to provide products, resources and information to help its customers and their families live healthier lives. To date, Rite Aid has modified and enhanced the design of more than 1,300 stores nationwide. The company anticipates remodeling another 450 locations to the wellness store format by the end of fiscal 2015.


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Duck Tape gets Nerdy

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If a shopper has ever wanted 10 yards of Nerds candy, a new product from Duck Tape has it covered. The two brands have teamed up to create a new tape that features the crunchy candy.

The 10-yard roll of tape is aimed at consumers interested in crafts, or personalizing notebooks and accessories.

“Nerds Duck Tape is sure to add a sweet twist to craft projects, themed décor, around-the-house repairs and so much more,” said Traci Finkelmeier, home and office marketing director at ShurTech, which markets Duck Tape. “This is a perfect blend. Nerds are known as the candy you can ‘eat in your own way,’ just as Duck Tape is a product you can use in your own way.”

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Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling to retire

BY Marianne Wilson

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General announced that CEO and chairman Rick Dreiling plans to retire as chief executive effective May 30, 2015, or when a successor is appointed. The 60-year-old Dreiling has agreed to remain as chairman during the transition process once a new CEO is named. Family Dollar said it is conducting an internal and external search for a chief executive.

Dreiling has served as CEO since January 2008, and was named chairman of the board in December 2008. Under his leadership, the company’s annual sales have increased more than 80% to $17.5 billion in 2013, and store count has increased by 38% to more than 11,000 stores in 40 states.

“Rick Dreiling has proven that he is clearly one of retail’s leading CEOs,” said Mike Calbert, the company’s lead director. “During his tenure as CEO, Rick has driven significant shareholder value and led the company’s improvement on essentially every key operating metric. In addition, he has recruited and developed an outstanding management team and strengthened the company’s culture and mission.”

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