WALGREENS will be closing its doors in several cities across the United States over the coming week, with another store closure to follow in March.
The pharmacy giant has already closed several stores since the beginning of the year, such as its location in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, which closed on January 31.
Additional Walgreens locations are on the chopping block in February and March, including three stores that will close within 24 hours.
On February 21, the pharmacy’s Ridgewood location in New York will close.
Then further west, another location in Minneapolis, Minnesota will cease operations the next day.
The Walgreens store in Johnsbury, Vermont, will also close on February 22, leaving customers without their beloved local pharmacy.
The store closures don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, however, as a Walgreens in Houston, Missouri, closed on March 7.
Walgreens isn’t the only major dispensary to close its doors.
CVS will close its pharmacy department at its store at 400 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington DC on February 27th.
“The difficult task of closing a particular location takes several factors into account, including things like local market dynamics and changes in the buying behaviors of our patients and customers,” a CVS spokesman told The US Sun.
A smaller pharmacy chain will also cease operations at 22 locations after the purchase by Walgreens.
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies, based in Brooklyn, New York, filed for bankruptcy in December, sparking the deal between them and the pharmacy giant.
On February 7, Walgreens’ $19.35 million deal with Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies was approved by a judge of the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Medly Health, a digital pharmacy company, acquired Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca about a year before it filed for bankruptcy, giving Walgreens control of Medly’s assets as well.
“We are pleased with the agreement to acquire the pharmaceutical records and other select assets of 22 Pharmaca integrative pharmacies and four Medly pharmacies nationally,” Walgreens spokeswoman Kris Lathan said Wednesday.
Lathan added, “Although certain business details will be finalized following Tuesday’s bankruptcy court ruling, recipe files and inventory are expected to be transferred to nearby Walgreens by mid-February.”
To make it easier for customers, the pharmacy giant automatically transfers patients’ pharmacy records to a designated Walgreens store.
“Patients will be notified of any changes by mail and other means, with details on continued access to their prescriptions and other services,” Lathan said.
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