USA Drug, Super D Express stores will close

A USA Drug store and a Super D Express store in Pine Bluff will be closing in February.

Walgreen Co., which purchased the USA Drug and Super D Express locations last year, confirmed Thursday that the USA Drug locations on West 28th Avenue and the Super D Express on Hazel Street will be closing. The USA Drug store will close early in February and the Super D Express will shut down at the end of the month.

Super D Express and USA Drug stores were previously operated by Pine Bluff-based Stephen L. LaFrance Pharmacy Inc. Walgreen purchased the parent company for $438 million in September.

Prescription files for the two stores will be transferred to a new Walgreens store at 2503 West 28th Avenue, which is scheduled for a Feb. 8 opening. Customers don’t need to take any steps to have prescriptions refilled at the new store.

“We expect most or all of the USA Drug employees in Pine Bluff to have job opportunities at Walgreens,” said Walgreen 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.”