WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS/pharmacy reached a milestone today with the grand opening of its 7,000th store in Little Canada, Minnesota. Larry Merlo, President of CVS/pharmacy, will mark the occasion by cutting the ribbon this morning along with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner, Dan McElroy and Little Canada's Mayor, Bill Blesener.
"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," said Merlo. "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."
CVS/pharmacy's 7000(th) store in Little Canada features all of the high quality products and services CVS customers have come to expect, including a full service pharmacy staffed by highly-trained pharmacists and knowledgeable pharmacy support staff, convenient double lane drive-thru pharmacy service, an extensive selection of health and beauty products and general merchandise, a digital photo cafe where customers can comfortably customize and print their pictures, and the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards Program, which offers customers money back in the form of Extra Bucks every time they shop.
As part of the grand opening of the 7,000(th) CVS/pharmacy, 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 CVS Caremark's nationwide campaign to provide $3 million in free flu shots to unemployed Americans across the country. The 2,500 vouchers for free seasonal flu shots will be distributed in collaboration with Minnesota's DEED beginning in October in an effort to keep this at-risk population healthy this flu season.
"We are committed to helping people remain healthy this flu season," said Merlo. "We are pleased to provide free flu shots to the unemployed who can be particularly vulnerable without health insurance."
To further mark the occasion, CVS/pharmacy will present a $7,000 donation to Courage Center, a Minnesota-based rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. The donation is in keeping with CVS Caremark's signature philanthropic program All Kids Can, a five year, $25 million initiative to help children with disabilities to learn, play, and succeed in life.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's largest retail pharmacy with 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at www.cvscaremark.com.