A buyer enters a Greenback Common Corp. retailer in Colona, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.
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Dollar General stated Wednesday that it has employed its first chief medical officer and can add merchandise like chilly and cough treatment and dental provides to cabinets because it goals to develop into a health-care vacation spot.
CEO Todd Vasos stated the corporate’s new push is impressed by clients who stated they need extra handy and reasonably priced health-care services.
“Our objective is to construct and improve reasonably priced healthcare choices for our clients, particularly within the rural communities we serve,” he stated in a press launch.
The fast-growing discounter has greater than 17,400 shops throughout the nation, together with many in rural areas that do not have many different grocers or main pharmacies close by. Nonetheless, it has additionally been criticized by some lawmakers for promoting few wholesome meals, equivalent to contemporary fruit and veggies, and boxing out different retailers that will in any other case open within the areas and promote a wider array of groceries.
Lately, Greenback Common has added contemporary produce and meats to extra of its shops. It has contemporary produce in additional than 1,300 shops — or roughly 7% of its complete shops. It has stated it could develop that assortment to as much as 10,000 shops.
The retailer stated it has employed Dr. Albert Wu as its chief medical officer. He beforehand labored for McKinsey & Firm, the place he led a workforce that centered on health-care associated tasks, equivalent to offering care to hundreds of rural sufferers, modeling assist pandemic reduction efforts and designing a digitally-driven medical health insurance.
Wu joined Greenback Common on Monday, in response to the press launch. Greenback Common stated he’ll give attention to constructing relationships with corporations that present health-care services, so the retailer can roll out its personal choices.