B-L store possibly ‘safe’ in Walgreen closing plans


The plan announced yesterday by Walgreens to close 200 stores across the country likely will impact towns and cities with “multiple locations,” which means that the Batesburg-Leesville store could be safe in the pharmacy chain’s latest round of closings.

Officially, the company has not released a list of those stores that will be closed, but Phil Caruso of Walgreens’ media relations department has released a company statement to The Twin-City News saying, “Given that these closures will represent less than 3 percent of our stores overall, and given that we have multiple locations in many markets, we anticipate minimal disruption to customers and patients.”

The company’s plans to close 200 of its more than 9,500 stores is part of a “cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise,” according to the company statement.

The Walgreens in Batesburg-Leesville is one of only a handful of national chains that have invested in our community, and it competes for pharmaceutical customers with a CVS Pharmacy just across the street and the Walmart Pharmacy less than a mile away, as well as with local independently-owned drugstores.

The company now operates 166 stores in South Carolina, including the Batesburg-Leesville location, among more than 9,500 around the country.

From Staff Reports / Posted August 8, 2019