Kearney Leaderboard

Issue 10-26-2009

Duane Reade makes statement in beauty

Duane Reade makes statement in beauty

NEW YORK — Duane Reade Inc. has staked its claim to the luxury beauty market. The drug chain’s just-opened 24-hour store in Manhattan’s Herald Square features its new Look Boutique with prestige brands in high-end displays. Fragrance testers, a premium skin care section, exclusive brands and a “brow bar” offering eyebrow shaping are among the

Walgreens provides a ‘food oasis’

CHICAGO — Walgreen Co. has become an oasis in the “food desert” here. The chain has bulked up its food offerings in two Chicago stores to meet the needs of residents underserved by grocers, and it plans to do the same in nine other outlets in the city, mostly on the south side. If the

Rexall achieves success thinking outside the box

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — As drug chains across North America continue to evolve, many are exploring new ways to expand their business going forward. At the Katz Group’s Rexall chain, that has meant putting a greater emphasis on health care and delivering cost-effective solutions for businesses. “We have always been a health care provider first,” says

Wal-Mart turns up heat in H&BAs

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has given its health and beauty aids business a major boost by making the products available through its web site, The site has become the country’s second-busiest retail site, trailing only, but until now it has not offered health and personal care items. Although the retailer does

NACDS blasts Rx importation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a letter to Senate leaders voicing strong opposition to legislation that would permit personal and commercial importation of prescription drugs. According to NACDS, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2009 (S. 1232) mandates expensive and unproven track-and-trace requirements for the

Rite Aid promotes Rx executives

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has promoted retail pharmacy veteran Dan Miller to senior vice president of pharmacy. Filling Miller’s former post as vice president of pharmacy operations is Karen Staniforth, who was promoted from regional pharmacy vice president. Miller, 53, a pharmacist with 30 years of retail pharmacy experience, will oversee day-to-day

Interactive, mobile features added to

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. has added interactive and mobile features to its web site. A spokesman says the new features enhance the user experience by providing instant access to prescription management tools, important health information and customer savings. The creation of Mobile ( gives customers a secure, on-the-go pharmacy resource to find

Obama signs bill altering DME deadline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Steve Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has praised President Obama for signing into law legislation that extends durable medical equipment (DME) accreditation. “We applaud President Obama for signing into law legislation that will extend the accreditation requirement for pharmacies to provide DME in

Eaton Apothecary units sold to Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has agreed to buy 12 Eaton Apothecary pharmacies in the Boston area from D.A.W. Inc. for about $19 million. The deal is slated to close within 90 days, according to Walgreens. “Today is a very special day for our Boston market,” says Dave White, Walgreens market vice president for Boston.

Rx’s role in health care reform

Tom Ryan brings his customary concentration of thought and clarity of purpose to the issue of health care reform in an op-ed piece that recently appeared in The Washington Times. “As the debate on this important initiative moves forward, I believe the guiding principle should be to build on what works,” the chairman, president and