Two legendary retailers with thousands of stores are closing locations next week – see if your area will be affected

WALGREENS and CVS plan to close locations starting next week.

The shutters for the pharmacy-based companies will begin to take place by January 31 or mid-February for both companies, according to Best Life.

Walgreen will be closing four locations and CVS is closing one

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Walgreen will be closing four locations and CVS is closing oneCredit: Getty

Closures among the drug stores are expected within the next few years as companies try to keep up with the digitalization of services.

“Store closures are the norm among the major drugstores,” according to Coresight Research.

This comes “at a time when major retailers are increasing their investments in digitalization and expanding their reach into healthcare services.”

“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,” A spokesperson for CVS told The U.S Sun.

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“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.”

Both chains currently operate thousands of stores across the country.

Here are the locations that will be shutting down some or their entire operations fully in the coming days and weeks.

Washington, DC

CVS said will close the pharmacy section of its store located at 400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

It will officially shut down operations on February 27.

All prescriptions will be transferred to a nearby CVS Pharmacy at 675 K Street NW, which is only a few blocks away, according to the company.

CVS will also be closing a location in DC on 4th and Massachusetts Ave, NW and it will close doors on February 2, according to PoPville.

There will be more than 50 CVS locations including nine MiniteClinics remaining in DC, following the shutters.

Illinois

A Walgreens store located inside the Noel State Bank building which can be considered a “flagship” location is set to close on Tuesday, January 31, according to ABC Chicago WLS.

Prescriptions will be transferred to a local location on Milwaukee Avenue, which is a half mile south of the Walgreens that is set to close.

Texas

A Houston, Texas, Walgreens located on Grand Avenue will be closing its doors on March 7, according to The Houston Herald.

The store has been around since 1866 and is Houston’s oldest business currently.

Vermont

Lastly for Walgreens, it will be closing a location in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on February 22, according to the Caledonian Record.

Currently it’s unclear if the rest of the Walgreens store in the downtown area will remain open.

OTHER STORE CLOSURES

Store closures are not uncommon at the time as many retailers are dealing with changes among shoppers with the online takeover.

Other retailers like Big Lots and Macy’s plan to close multiple locations within the next few months.

Four Jo-Ann fabrics stores have also completely stopped operating across the country.

“JOANN closes stores occasionally while simultaneously investing in, and opening brand new stores to best meet the needs of our customers,” a statement from JoAnn read.

The increase in store closures has been dabbed as the “retail apocalypse.

This has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

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