By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
Longtime customers of Super D Express on North Gloster Street and Super D on West Main Street will see those pharmacies close in the next few weeks.
Walgreens, which bought Super D’s parent company, USA Drug in July, said it’s closing 76 of the stores it acquired.
Super D stores in Oxford and Starkville also are closing.
However, the Super D on North Gloster Street adjacent to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo will remain open.
Also, Super D-owned pharmacies in Northeast Mississippi will stay open – Bennett Apothecary in Belmont and Yarber Drug in Corinth
“After careful planning and market analysis, on Monday we began to notify employees of our intent to close certain stores, including a number in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas,” Walgreens spokesman Jim Graham said. “Our decisions about store closures are bsed on a number of considerations, including size of the market and proximity to other Walgreens and USA Drug stores and affiliates.”
In July, Walgreens said it would buy the USA Drug chain for $438 million from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings and members of the LaFrance family.
The deal included 144 stores currently operated under the USA Drug, Super D Drugs, May’s Drug, Med-X and Drug Warehouse stores in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
USA Drug’s total sales were $825 million in 2011.