Retailer of the Year award winners honored

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NEW YORK — Chain Drug Review presented its 2018 Retailer of the Year awards Wednesday night in New York City. The event drew retailer and supplier executives from across the food, drug and mass channels.

Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer at CVS Health, was honored as CDR’s Health Care Executive of the Year. He was recognized for his visionary and bold leadership in building an organization with the potential to reinvent the way health care in this country is delivered.

Joe Hartsig, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer at Walgreens, was honored as CDR’s Merchant of the Year. Walgreens is continuing to transform its retail business, and one of the principal architects of the transformation is Hartsig.

Bartell Drugs was honored with CDR’s Regional Chain of the Year award.  Founded in 1890, Bartell Drugs has maintained a leading position in the greater Seattle market by staying close to local consumers and continually developing new ways of addressing their changing needs.

The event also honored the executives recognized by CDR’s sister publication, Mass Market Retailers. The winners were:



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