Two major retailers serving all of America plan to close stores in just two weeks – see if yours will be impacted

TWO retail giants are planning to close several physical store locations over the next 14 days.

Walgreens and CVS are reportedly shutting down a number of their locations around the United States.

Walgreens and CVS are closing locations around America

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Walgreens and CVS are closing locations around AmericaCredit: Getty

Those who get their prescriptions or other grocery items at these locations may want to make necessary preparations.

The closings are set to take place by January 31 or mid-February for both companies, according to Best Life.

For Walgreens, at least three specific locations are shutting their doors across three different states.

A spokesperson for the company told the publication that the closings are carefully considered.

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“When faced with the difficult task of closing a particular location, several factors are taken into account, including things like the dynamics of the local market and changes in the buying habits of our patients and customers, for example,” they explained.

“As we expand as a leader in healthcare, we are focused on best meeting the needs of patients and customers in communities we serve by creating the right network of stores in the right locations.”

Illinois

According to ABC 7 Chicago, a notable store in Wicker Park will be gone by the end of the month.

This specific Walgreens store is said to be inside the Noel State Bank building, and is what Walgreen’s deems as a ‘flagship’ location.

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Per RE Journals, this means that the Walgreens in Wicker Park is “deluxe” and constitutes “high traffic” in comparison to other stores.

Walgreens even issued a statement to the news station to inform the local shoppers.

“We have made the difficult decision to close this location,” they wrote.

“There are a number of factors that we take into consideration including dynamics of the local market and changing buying habits of customers.”

Prescriptions that customers had at the store will then transfer to the nearest Walgreens location.

Texas

The second Walgreens closing is in Houston, Texas.

It has hit home for the local community, as the building in which Walgreens resides has allegedly been a drugstore since 1866.

The Houston Herald even claimed that it was the area’s oldest recorded business.

According to local records, the drugstore was opened by a man named John Blankenship after the Civil War ended and passed on to the Forbes family from 1933 until 2008.

Walgreens bought the location in 2012, but the local citizens still referred to the location as “the drugstore.”

Once again, prescriptions and files will reportedly be transferred to the nearest Walgreens location, per the company’s spokesperson.

“Patients receive notice about any changes through mail and other means to provide details about continued access to their prescriptions and other services,” they noted.

Vermont

The last Walgreens location set to close thus far is in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, per the Caledonian Record.

However, this location will allegedly offer its services until February 22 and only includes the pharmacy section.

Whether or not the rest of the Walgreens store will remain open is still unconfirmed.

For residents, this was the only reported Walgreens in the downtown area of St. Johnsbury.

Similar to the Houston location, this Walgreens was originally an old drug store owned and operated by Carol Novick and her family for 86 years before she sold it to Walgreens in 2019, per The North Star Monthly.

“If you look at the numbers, independent pharmacies are folding up like a deck of cards and it’s not because of the competition with national chains, but an unlevel playing field,” Novick told the publication.

“The business let me down. This is the first time in 90 years that a member of my family isn’t a pharmacist.”

Washington D.C.

The only CVS location reportedly set to close is in Washington D.C., specifically on 4th and Massachusetts Ave, NW.

Instead of January 31, the store will close on Groundhog’s Day (February 2).

According to a captured photo of a sign outside of the location, the CVS will completely close its doors, per PoPville.

“First, it has been a pleasure to serve you,” the sign said.

“We wanted to let you know that effective Feb. 2, 2023 this location at 400 Massachusetts Avenue NW will be closing.”

Below the statement, a list of nearby CVS locations that are remaining, their contact information, and store hours were listed.

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The U.S. Sun has reached out to CVS for comment on the reasoning behind the closing.

For more on store closings, The U.S. Sun has compiled a list of all the retail locations shutting down this year due to the so-called ‘retail apocalypse.’

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