A pharmacy in a supermarket offers the best of both worlds: while you wait for your prescriptions to be filled, you can fill your shopping cart and check two things off your to-do list at once. But if you rely on this service, make sure your go-to location stays put. A popular supermarket chain has just announced that it will close all 89 pharmacies in the store, which could be a kink in your one-stop shopping experience. Read on to find out which chain of pharmacies is closing and whether this will affect your prescriptions.
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Brick-and-mortar pharmacies have closed branches this year, including Rite Aid and CVS. In April, Rite Aid announced it would close 145 stores by 2022, and two locations in Sacramento, California, in early May.
In November 2021, CVS announced plans to close 900 stores over the next three years. The chain has delivered on its promise, closing several locations in Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland this summer. More closures are planned for September — a CVS in Fresno, California, will close on September 13, and another location on Georgia Avenue NW in Washington, DC, will also close on September 16.
But the latest round of pharmacy closures will affect people who prefer to pick up their prescriptions from the supermarket.
We all have a trusted pharmacy – you may know the staff or pharmacist by name – and finding a new location can be frustrating. But if you normally fill your prescriptions at Save Mart, Lucky California, or Lucky stores, unfortunately you’re out of luck.
According to ABC10, all Save Mart and Lucky supermarket pharmacies in California will be closed. All Nevada locations will also close, per News 4-Fox 11.
According to the Save Mart Companies company profile, there are approximately 200 stores in California and Northern Nevada that operate under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky California, and FoodMaxx. According to the profile, the company currently operates 89 full-service pharmacies in these locations, including 46 at Save Mart stores, 30 at Lucky California stores, and 13 at Lucky stores.
best life reached out to Save Mart for comment on the closures, but hasn’t heard back yet.
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Save Mart has yet to confirm when the closures will begin, but News 4-Fox-11 reports that pharmacies in Reno, Carson City and Sparks, Nevada will close in early September. A sign at the Pyramid Lake Highway Save Mart in Sparks confirms that the pharmacy will be closed on August 17.
Considering how fast the pharmacies are closing, when you get your scripts here, you’re probably wondering what this means for you. According to a statement provided to ABC10, you are now getting your prescriptions at another popular pharmacy: Walgreens.
“We remain committed to serving our local health and wellness communities for all their groceries and to further develop our innovative technologies and tools that improve the lives of our employees, customers and communities we serve,” said Save. Mart at the outlet.
According to News 4-Fox 11, customers are disappointed that Nevada locations are disappearing, citing the “excellent pharmacists,” and expressed concern about the wait time at Walgreens locations. But in addition to moving customers’ prescriptions, Save Mart said it is working with Walgreens to transfer pharmacy employees, according to the statement to ABC10.
“We value our pharmacy staff and the service they have provided to our patients. Walgreens has shown great interest in hiring and plans to hire as many of our pharmacy staff as possible, allowing our patients to continue to be served by our staff ,” the company said.
At this time, there is no official statement on how many pharmacists will be transferred, nor how many are currently employed by Save Mart, per ABC10. According to News 4-Fox 11, existing employees will actually have to reapply at a new Walgreens location.
Save Mart’s employees in California are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW-8), according to ABC10. “We’ve reached out to the company to discuss how their decision will affect our members,” the union said in a statement to Save Mart employees, adding that it is working with unionized companies to “reduce the hiring of members.” who work in closed pharmacies.”