Posted 1/15/2013 09:45 am
Updated 4 months ago
Walgreen Co. of Deerfield,
It is unclear how many employees will be laid off as a result. Walgreen spokesman Jim Graham said in an email to Arkansas Business on Monday that he expects "most or all of the USA Drug employees in
USA Drug employees in
Walgreen bought Stephen LaFrance's pharmacy business for $428 million in July. The chain, which is operated under Stephen LaFrance Pharmacy Inc. of
In September, Walgreen said it would close 76 USA Drug stores by November, including 27 in
The three stores closing this year weren't part of the 27 stores previously announced. They are:
USADrug at 3525 Highway 5, N., Benton. Prescription files are being transferred to Walgreens at 5500 Highway 5 N., Bryant. The pharmacy closed Jan. 10, but the front of the store remained open to liquidate the inventory.
- USA Drug at
2512-2518 W. 28th St., Pine Bluff. It will closein early February.
- USA Drug at
2711 Hazel St., Pine Bluff. It will closeat the end of February.
Meanwhile, Walgreen is opening a location at 2503 W. 28th Ave. in
"Our decisions about store closures have been based on a number of considerations, including size of the market and proximity to other Walgreens and USA Drug stores and affiliates," Graham said in the email. "These are located close to existing Walgreens stores, so we believe we can better serve our customers by consolidating services at one location."
On Monday, Walgreen sent letters to some employees at USA Drug's former headquarters in
In that form letter, Walgreen said employees wouldn't be terminated until March 18. The employees also could apply for open positions within the company, but they won't have the right to bump or displace other Walgreens employees.