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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Drug Warehouse to close

  • Drug Warehouse, 1930 N. Kickapoo, will close its doors permanently Monday, September 24. Drug Warehouse is owned by USA Drug, which was purchased by Walgreens.
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  • Drug Warehouse, 1930 N. Kickapoo, will close its doors permanently Monday, September 24. Drug Warehouse is owned by USA Drug, which was purchased by Walgreens.
     
    Walgreens is the largest drug store chain in the United States.
     
    The structure was built specifically for Drug Warehouse, and is less than two years old.
     
    There are no current plans to reopen the store as a Walgreens, Jim Graham, Walgreens spokesman said.
     
    Employees of Drug Warehouse will not be held over, however Graham expects jobs to open up within Walgreens.
     
    "We will give priority status to their job applications," Graham said of those whose positions were eliminated.
     
    This store was one of 22 USA Drug stores to close in Oklahoma. Nine will remain open in the Tulsa area.
     
    "Our decisions about store closures are based on a number of considerations, including size of the market and proximity to other Walgreens and USA Drug stores and affiliates," Graham said in an email.
     
    Shawnee has two Walgreens within a few miles of the Drug Warehouse location.
     
    The sale will have little impact on Drug Warehouse customers, Graham said.
     
    "When a store is closed, all customers will be notified of the location of a nearby Walgreens or USA Drug-affiliated store where their prescription information will be transferred. No other action is needed by pharmacy customers to have their existing prescriptions filled at any Walgreens store," he added.
     
    The 144-store chain was purchased for approximately $438 million, and the closing occurred Monday, Graham said.
     
    Drug Warehouse officials did not return calls Tuesday.
     
    With the closing of Drug Warehouse will leave two Walgreens, one CVS, and several other small pharmacies in Shawnee.

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