Walgreens is Closing
Posted by the Community Affairs Department
June 28, 2017

Background
This morning staff was notified by President Chalmers-Currin that our Walgreens location (5640 211th St) will be closing. The last date open will be July 27th.

Rationale
According to Donavan Pepper, National Director of Government Relations, the site was selected due to lacking performance of sales and decreased prescription drug volume including contract prescription drugs.

Additional Locations
The closing of the Matteson and Richton Park stores aligns with a three-year plan announced in 2015 aimed at closing 200 stores nationwide to trim about $1 billion in costs. The plan was amended in 2016 during the Rite-Aide acquisition to include 500 stores. Walgreens is shuttering 75 stores across the country this year. Additional area closings include Chicago Heights, Gary, and Orland Park.

On-going Maintenance
Staff has been assured the company will maintain the site until a new tenant is located.

Decommission
The store will enter a decommission plan to the building services, fire, and police departments. This will ensure the safety of the structure and public welfare during the vacant period. At all times, fire systems will be on-line in the structure.