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Walgreens testing small-format pharmacy locations

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has opened more than 30 small-format pharmacies as part of a new pilot program.

The new concept stores are about 13,500 square footage and are focused on delivering pharmacy and health and wellness products and services.

“Walgreens continues to transform and align our operations with the goal of ensuring we have the right services and number of stores in the right locations to continue providing our communities with industry leading pharmacy and health care services,” said a company spokesperson in a statement.

“We are piloting a select number of small-format stores that offer a full pharmacy and smaller front-end selection than a traditional store layout, with a greater focus on health and wellness and over-the-counter products. Many of these stores also offer drive-thru options, which is important as more people across the country continue to look for safe and convenient ways to pick up essentials,” she added.

The chain believes that the pharmacy of the future is one that combines a strong community presence with omnichannel customer offerings driven by data, insights and transparency. “These small-format, health and wellness destinations are part of our broader effort to proactively transform the Walgreens footprint across the nation through initiatives like expanding digital health and retail offerings, redefining the delivery of healthcare in communities, modernizing our retail and beauty offerings and evolving our physical footprint.”

In early 2019, the chain began testing the small-format pharmacies. It now has the stores in a variety of small towns and large cities across the country, including Mobile, Al.; Greenville, S.C.; Schenectady, N.Y; Bethesda, Md.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Jacksonville, Texas and Knoxville, Tenn.

Walgreens said it will continue to evaluate opportunities and locations for additional small-format stores as it gathers learnings from the initial pilot.


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