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CVS opens 7,000th drug store
September 24th, 2009
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Caremark Corp. this week opened its 7,000th drug store, in Little Canada, Minn.
Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy, marked the milestone on Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) commissioner Dan McElroy and Little Canada mayor Bill Blesener, the drug chain said.
"Since opening our first store in Massachusetts in 1963, CVS/pharmacy has evolved from a health and beauty aids retailer to the nation's leading retail pharmacy with 7,000 stores in 41 states and the District of Columbia that are staffed by dedicated pharmacy professionals who work hard every day to take care of our customers," Merlo said in a statement. "As part of CVS Caremark, our integrated pharmacy and PBM operations are providing greater choice and more convenience for customers and patients, improving health outcomes, and lowering overall health care costs for plan sponsors and participants."
The Little Canada store features a full-service pharmacy, double-lane drive-through pharmacy service, a wide selection of health and beauty products and general merchandise, and a digital photo cafe where customers can customize and print their pictures.
Also as part of the grand opening, Merlo announced details of CVS Caremark's plan to offer $75,000 of free seasonal flu shots to the unemployed in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The effort is part of the company's nationwide campaign to provide $3 million in free flu shots to unemployed Americans nationwide. The 2,500 vouchers for free seasonal flu shots will be distributed in collaboration with Minnesota's DEED beginning in October.
"We are committed to helping people remain healthy this flu season," commented Merlo. "We are pleased to provide free flu shots to the unemployed who can be particularly vulnerable without health insurance."