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Walgreens acquires Rx files/inventory from 33 Kmart locations

BY Marianne Wilson

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens will acquire the prescription files and inventory from 33 Kmart pharmacies in 16 states.

Walgreens will purchase the pharmacy patient files and transfer them to nearby Walgreens pharmacies. Patients whose prescription files are being transferred and who have had a prescription filled within the last two years will be notified by letter once the transaction has been completed later in February.

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Safeway names president for Vons division

BY Staff Writer

Pleasanton, Calif. — Safeway Inc. named Lori Raya as president of its Vons division.

In her most recent position as senior VP, Main Meal, Raya had responsibility for the company’s largest portfolio of center-store business units including ingredients, beverages and snacks.

"Lori’s considerable breadth of experience running major retail units, as well as large perishable and non-perishable marketing functions within the company, make her an excellent fit for the leadership role at Vons," said Safeway’s chairman, president, and CEO, Steve Burd. "That combined with her exceptional track record of success has positioned her perfectly to run one of our largest operating divisions."

Raya joined the company nearly 25 years ago as a clerk in the company’s Denver division.

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Hibbett Sports CFO to retire

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Birmingham, Ala. — Hibbett Sports announced that Gary A. Smith, senior VP and CFO is retiring effective June 1, 2012. The company has started a search for his replacement.

Smith joined Hibbett in April 2001 as VP and CFO when the company had 282 stores in 19 states, predominantly in the Southeast. Today, Hibbett has over 800 stores in 26 states.

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