Retailers see health clinics as a good fit with food, but wish the concept would recover more quickly from recent setbacks.
While the economy ails, in-store health clinics for supermarkets may be headed for the hospital — literally. The concept started in 2000 in Cub Foods stores in the Twin Cities, and entrepreneurial operators led the way, using private investment capital. This type of business model prevailed until recently. Two big drug chains bought up successful operators; others attracted high-profile investors; and many shut down when venture capital firms grew impatient with clinics taking longer to ...
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