Rebranded pharmacies, clinics debut in Washington, Maryland, Oregon
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health continues to move forward with conversion projects from its acquisition of Target Corp.’s pharmacy and retail clinic business.
CVS this week opened the first CVS Pharmacy locations inside Target stores in Washington and Oregon.
The Washington locations are in the Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma metropolitan areas. The departments are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.
“We’re excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Washington,” Hanley Wheeler, senior vice president of retail field operations at CVS Pharmacy, said in a statement. “Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients.”
CVS noted that the Target-based locations significantly expand its reach in Washington. The company said CVS Pharmacy operates seven drug stores in Washington, and it will add 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy departments in Target stores.
In Oregon, the 18 CVS Pharmacy departments opening inside Target stores give CVS its first presence in the state. The pharmacies are located in several metropolitan areas, including Portland, Eugene and Medford.
“As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible,” commented Tony Caskey, area vice president for CVS Pharmacy.
Meanwhile, CVS Health’s MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic arm has opened eight new locations inside Target stores in Maryland, including six in metro Baltimore.
Target Clinics in Annapolis, Baltimore (Canton), Bel Air, Cockeysville, Ellicott City, Nottingham, Silver Spring and Towson, Md., have been converted to the MinuteClinic banner. Overall, CVS now has 43 MinuteClinics in Maryland, including those inside CVS Pharmacy stores.
“The new MinuteClinic locations inside Target will offer the same scope of services available to patients at all our other clinics in Maryland and nationwide,” stated MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who’s also executive vice president and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health. “In addition, some services will be new to Target guests, including treatment for minor sprains and strains, contraceptive care and smoking cessation counseling.”
CVS Health closed the acquisition of Target’s 1,672 pharmacies (in 47 states) and 79 clinics (in seven states) in December. The $1.9 billion deal was announced in mid-June. CVS said the acquisition will enlarge its pharmacy footprint by about 20% and its clinic footprint by about 8%, as well as give the company a presence in every state.
*Editor’s Note: Article updated with information on Oregon openings.