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Walgreens Announces It Will Close 200 US Stores

Walgreens to Close 200 Stores in Wake of Quarterly Drop As U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers continue to drop like flies, Walgreens officials have announced plans to shutter 200 stores as part of a cost-cutting measure. In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, the company said the closings are part of its plan to streamline costs by $1.5 billion. “We are undertaking a transformational cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise,” a statement released Tuesday reads. Walgreens previously announced plans to shut down 200 stores in the U.K. as well. In June, Walgreens — which operates more than 18,000 stores worldwide — revealed its quarterly net income had dropped by 24 percent. Is this the beginning of the end for Walgreens? Do you think brick and mortars will experience a resurgence some day?

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