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News and information on retail pharmacy chains, including chain drug stores, mass merchants, supermarkets and independent pharmacies.

Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy

Amazon Pharmacy, a new store on Amazon.com, allows customers to complete an entire pharmacy transaction on their desktop or mobile device through the Amazon app.

Dollar Tree sales, estimates beat expectations in Q3

Dollar Tree reported net sales increased by 7.5% to $6.177 billion and same-store sales increased by 5.1%, as well as plans to renovate approximately 1,250 Family Dollar stores in 2021.

Rite Aid is expanding the eligible age range for testing and planning to add testing to 1,000 drive-thru locations.

Neela Montgomery, former CEO of Crate & Barrel, will serve as executive vice president and president of CVS Pharmacy/retail, overseeing the company's 10,000 pharmacies.

Walmart will put on a drone light show in the skies of select communities that also will be available for nationwide viewing through a live broadcast.

Walgreens has completely overhauled its customer loyalty program and mobile app to be more health- and wellness-centered and highlight the company’s omnichannel offerings to make the shopping experience more seamless.

Two Walmart Health locations have opened in the neighborhoods of Chatham and Austin, with additional openings planned for 2021 in Florida.

Rite Aid has debuted its refreshed brand with an ad campaign highlighting its health-and-wellness focus as it opened its third Store of the Future prototype in Moscow, Pa.

Hy-Vee interior.

A reserved shopping hour will be offered at all Hy-Vee locations from Monday through Friday, dedicated for customers 60 years old and older, expectant mothers and anyone with an underlying health condition.

Kinney Drugs exterior.

Kinney Drugs said that its pharmacists are ready to administer COVID-19 vaccines, when approved by the Food and Drug Administration, at 96 pharmacies in New York and Vermont.

The retailer announced plans to award approximately $50 million in additional appreciation bonuses to eligible front-line employees in the fourth quarter.

Ahold Delhaize will hold a majority of FreshDirect’s shares, while Centerbridge Partners will be a minority equity investor with a 20% stake.

Dollar General is hosting in-store collection events and providing $485,000 in donations to benefit local toy drives, including the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Hy-Vee storefront.

More than 260 Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh stores are donating up to 100 meal kits each to a local non-profit partner in their community who will distribute the meals to local families in need this Thanksgiving.

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