New York (CNN) — Dozens of CVS pharmacies located inside of Target stores will close in early 2024, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.
CVS will shutter the pharmacies between February and April of this year as part of the Rhode Island-based company's plan to space out stores and pharmacies more, CVS Pharmacy spokesperson Amy Thibault said in an email to CNN.
A list of the pharmacies that are closing has not yet been released.
The closures come as retail pharmacy chains in the US face increasing difficulties with their prescriptions business, workforces and more.
The closures are "based on our evaluation of changes in population, consumer buying patterns and future health needs to ensure we have the right pharmacy format in the right locations for patients," Thibault said.
Retail pharmacies have struggled to boost profits in recent quarters as Covid-related traffic dries up and consumers move more to alternative prescription filling services online. Philadelphia-based .
CVS reported strong third quarter earnings, but those gains came mostly from the company's efforts to diversify its offerings away from the retail business in recent years. Its health care benefits division saw sales rise by nearly 17% and health services grew by 8.4%.
have also added to the company's woes.
and close about 900 stores between 2022 and 2024 as it reconsiders its business priorities.
Prior to the closing of any impacted location, prescriptions will be transferred to a nearby CVS Pharmacy, said Thibault. Employees impacted by the closures will be offered commensurate roles elsewhere, she said.
CVS purchased Target's pharmacy business from the big box retailer in 2015 for $1.9 billion. It currently operates about 1,800 pharmacies within Target's 1,950 US locations.
CVS has about 9,000 pharmacy locations overall.
Representatives from Target declined to comment on the closures.
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