CVS Is Closing Multiple Locations, Starting Today
The company has actively been closing stores and continues to do so.
A trip to CVS is a regular occurrence for many Americans. The retail pharmacy chain has roughly 9,600 stores nationwide, per ScrapeHero, meaning you probably know where your closest location is—whether you frequent it or not. In Nov. 2021, however, CVS announced that it was implementing a "new retail footprint strategy," which included closing roughly 300 stores annually through 2024. CVS is staying true to its word, so your local spot may be on the chopping block this year. Read on to find out which CVS stores are closing, starting today.
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One CVS location is closing today.
A CVS on South Monroe Street in Tallahassee, Florida, will see its final day today, March 16, Best Life previously reported.
"Maintaining access to pharmacy services in the communities we serve is an important factor we consider when making store closure decisions," CVS said in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat. "Other factors include local market dynamics, population shifts, a community's store density, and ensuring there are other geographic access points to meet the needs of the community."
The company confirmed that there are 13 other CVS locations in Tallahassee, and existing prescriptions will be transferred to the CVS at 1300 Apalachee Parkway "to ensure that patients continue to have uninterrupted access to pharmacy care," the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
However, customers are sad to see the store on South Monroe Street go, according to CBS-affiliate WCTV.
"I enjoyed coming here and it's a nice CVS. The people are friendly, the staff is very friendly, and I wish them the best wherever they are sent," a local shopper told the outlet. Another local, Catherine Slusser, told the Tallahassee Democrat that the CVS was "a huge asset."
"It kind of leaves us in the lurch down here on the south side," she said.
Two more stores are closing in early April.
Next month, more CVS locations are departing, including a store at 4531 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri, Fox 4 reported. The store will shut its doors for good on April 3, and CVS confirmed that all prescriptions will be transferred to a nearby location.
A CVS spokesperson provided a similar statement about the "many factors" that go into the decision to close a store, adding that current employees will be offered the opportunity to continue working for CVS.
Two days after the Kansas City closure, the CVS on 132nd St. and 14th Ave. in the College Point neighborhood of Queens, New York, will close as well.
In a statement to the Queens Chronicle, a CVS spokesperson confirmed that the store will close for good on April 5. Much like the situation in Tallahassee Kansas City, the spokesperson didn't provide specific reasons for the closure, again citing multifaceted decision process.
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Yet another store in Virginia will be gone for good.
Later in April, residents in Fairfax City, Virginia, are also losing a CVS location. The store, which is located in the Courthouse Plaza shopping center, will see final day in business on April 18, a CVS spokesperson told FFXnow.
The spokesperson called the decision to close "difficult," but told the outlet that the closure is in line with the new strategy announced in 2021. The same general statement about "maintaining access to pharmacy services" and the decision-making process was provided. CVS employees at this location will also be offered "comparable roles" within the company, the spokesperson said.
There are nine other CVS locations in Fairfax where the company "will continue to provide the community with outstanding service," the spokesperson added.
A distribution center is closing too.
CVS is also shutting down its distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama, AL.com reported. The center plays a role in receiving deliveries, organizing inventory, and distributing merchandise to retail stores, but that will be no more as of mid-May.
"After an extensive review of our distribution network, we've made the difficult decision to close our Bessemer, AL Distribution Center," a company spokesperson told AL.com. "We plan to operate the facility until mid-April and expect to close by mid-May. We're committed to providing transition assistance to all impacted colleagues, including severance and application support for other roles within CVS Health."
Best Life reached out to CVS for comment on the closures, but has yet to hear back.
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Other CVS stores just closed as well.
These aren't the only CVS stores to shutter, as a location on Euclid Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa, just closed on March 1, according to CBS-affiliate KCCI. A spokesperson again pointed to "local market dynamics, population shifts and a community's store density" as contributing factors.
On Feb. 27, CVS closed a store on 4th and Massachusetts Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C., a company spokesperson previously confirmed to Best Life.