The USA Drug store on West 28th Avenue is preparing for its Thursday, Feb. 7, closing with a half-price sale on select items, not including pharmaceuticals.
A Super D Express location on Hazel Street is scheduled to close in late February, and a similar sale there will be announced.
Super D Express and USA Drug stores were previously owned by Pine Bluff-based Stephen L. LaFrance Pharmacy Inc., which was purchased by the Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. for $438 million in September 2012.
Prescription files for the two stores will be transferred to a new Walgreens store, slated to open Friday, Feb. 8, at 2503 West 28th Avenue. Customers don’t need to take any steps to have prescriptions refilled at the new store.
“We expect most or all of the USA Dug employees in Pine Bluff to have job opportunities at Walgreens,” said Walgreens Co. spokesman James W. Graham. “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. These are located close to existing Walgreens stores, so we believe we can better serve our customers by consolidating services at one location.”
Cindy McGahhey, an assistant manager at the USA Drug location, said business has been brisk since the store initiated its closeout sale. She said most employees at the store will be going to work at the new Walgreens operation. Bob Moore is manager of the USA Drug store.
Graham said Wednesday that Walgreen Co. currently has no plans to close any other USA Drug or its affiliate stores here.
“But we’re always evaluating all of our stores and their aspects,” he added.
Graham had said in September that there were no intentions at that time to close any of the Pine Bluff stores.
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drug chain and had 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates nearly 8,000 drug stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. USA Drug and its affiliates had recorded sales of $825 million in 2011.