Walgreens Will Close 76 USA Drugs, 27 in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman  on Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012 10:55 am  

Walgreen Co. of Deerfield, Ill., announced Monday that it would close 76 USA Drug-affiliated stores by November, including 27 in Arkansas.

In July, Walgreen said it was buying the Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc.'s regional drugstore chain in a deal worth $438 million. The chain, which is operated under Stephen LaFrance Pharmacy Inc. of Little Rock, includes 144 USA Drug, Super D Drug, May Drug, Med-X and Drug Warehouse stores in Arkansas and six other states.

The transaction is expected to close in mid-September, said James W. Graham in an email statement to ArkansasBusiness.com.

"After careful planning and market analysis, on Monday we began to notify employees of our intent to close 27 stores in Arkansas," he wrote. "Our decisions about store closures are based on a number of considerations, including size of the market and proximity to other Walgreens and USA Drug stores and affiliates."

Graham couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday morning to say how many employees would be laid off when the stores are closed.

In July, ArkansasBusiness.com reported that Joe Courtright, president and CEO of USA Drug, said in an email to employees that "it is possible that decisions will be made about job reductions and store closings" and that the company would give advance notice and provide severance benefits.

Here's the complete list of Arkansas store closings:

USA Drug Express.................1024 Military Road, Benton
USA Drug Express.................1101 N. Walton, Bentonville
USA Drug Express.................1572 N. College Ave., Fayetteville
USA Drug Express.................2111 W. MLK Blvd., Fayetteville
Super D Drugs.....................1111 North Washington, Forrest City
USA Drug Express.................202 W. Bower, Harrison
USA Drug Express.................100 Airport Rd., Hot Springs
USA Drug Express.................531 W. Grand, Hot Springs
Super D Drugs Express..........1340 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs
USA Drug Express.................5462 Central Ave., Hot Springs
Super D Drugs Express..........533 W. Nettleton, Jonesboro
USA Drug............................105 N. Rodney Parham Rd. #3, Little Rock
USA Drug............................16924 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock
USA Drug.............................6115 Baseline Road, Little Rock
USA Drug.............................11108 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
USA Drug Express.................215 N. Bowman Rd, Little Rock
USA Drug.............................2743 Lakewood Village Dr, North Little Rock
USA Drug Express.................5209 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock
Super D Drugs Express..........1733 W. Kingshighway, Paragould
USA Drug.............................1428 W.Walnut, Rogers
USA Drug.............................1112 W. Main, Russellville
USA Drug Express.................1300 E. Kiehl, Sherwood
USA Drug.............................100 Hwy. 412 West, Siloam Springs
USA Drug.............................2300 W Sunset Ave, Springdale
USA Drug.............................437 E. Page Ave., Malvern
USA Drug Express.................1920 Malcolm Ave, Newport
Rx Express Pharmacy............2720 E Race Ave, Searcy

 

 

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