While Sears Holdings prepares to close many of its poorest performing Kmart stores, including the Miller Hill store in Duluth, Walgreens has swooped in.
Walgreen Co., the largest drugstore operator in the country, just got a little bigger. It has reached a deal to buy the prescription files and inventory from 33 Kmart pharmacies in 16 states, the company announced today.
Among them: the Kmart store at 1734 Mall Drive in Duluth which is on the list of Kmart stores doomed to close. The Kmart stores in West Duluth and Superior, Wis., are not on the list, so their pharmacy departments should continue to operate as usual. Well, at least for now, since more closings could be announced.
In the agreement with Kmart, Walgreens will acquire the patient files from the 33 stores and transfer them to the nearest Walgreens pharmacy by late February after the purchase closes. Clients who have filled prescriptions at these Kmart stores in the last two years will get letters in February notifying them of the change.
David Lovejoy, Walgreen’s vice president of pharmacy services, said they are working with Kmart to make the transition as seamless as possible and to quickly introduce new customers to what Walgreens has to offer.
The prescription files and inventory from the Miller Hill Kmart will be transferred to the Walgreens store at 1201 Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth.