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Nashville, TN:

Kroger Co. says it has made a "significant" investment in The Little Clinic LLC to support a rollout of the in-store health centers across its locations nationwide.

Currently, Little Clinic operates 26 walk-in clinics inside Kroger-owned stores. The clinics handle minor illnesses and injuries like bronchitis, sinus infections and sprains, and also provide physicals, screenings and vaccinations.

Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, operates more than 2,400 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states.

Comment: While politicians in Washington and the three presidential candidates dream up the next grandiose government healthcare reform to address rising healthcare costs, the most effective, affordable and convenient market-based healthcare solutions might be right around the corner, at your local Kroger (KG), Walgreens (NYSE:WAG), CVS (NYSE:CVS), Target (NYSE:TGT) or Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT).

Let a 1,000 retail healthcare clinics bloom. No, make that 10,000.

Source: Retail Healthcare Clinics Offering Most Convenient Solution