Personnel Updates

• The Bartell Drug Company (36) announced it has named John Lewis as its new Senior Category Manager for Food and Beverage.

• Rite Aid Corporation (77) announced that Justin Mennen has been named Senior VP and CIO.


Mergers and Acquisitions

• CVS Health has completed its acquisition of Aetna Inc.


Industry Insight

• CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is rolling out its telehealth visit service in New Mexico and Wyoming. The service is now available in 18 states.

• Hy-Vee Inc. announced that it has acquired the business of 22 pharmacies in Shopko stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

• The Kroger Co. announced a deal in which it will buy the files from 42 of Shopko’s stores. The stores will see the pharmacies closed, with main stores and optical centers remaining open.

• Walmart Stores Inc. announced that it is extending its relationship with pharmacy benefit management company Express Scripts. Through the deal, Walmart will provide prescription drug services to Express Scripts’ covered members.


Real Estate

• McKesson Corp. announced that effective April 1, 2019 its headquarters will relocate from San Francisco, CA to Las Colinas, TX.


Just because we don’t mention it here doesn’t mean it didn’t happen – or we didn’t capture it. In the past four weeks, we’ve updated more than 143 companies in the Drug Stores and HBC Chains Database, with many of those companies’ records updated at multiple points.