TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — The City of Trotwood released a statement Tuesday regarding the closure of the Walgreens on Salem Avenue, saying it is doing “everything it can to keep Walgreens in the community.”
Walgreens Pharmacy, or Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., filed paperwork with the U.S. State Securities and Exchange Commission which outlined plans to close 200 Walgreen Pharmacies across the country.
The city said in its press release that the location in Trotwood is one of those 200 pharmacies being closed by the company. Trotwood has been in touch with Walgreens corporate government affairs personnel and has offered incentive packages to keep the pharmacy in the city.
“We have a large population of seniors who depend on the services they provide for prescription medicine and healthcare needs. We are going to continue to fight on behalf of our residents for access to affordable healthcare, prescription drugs and healthy foods. This is a public health issue,” said Trotwood City Manager Quincy E. Pope Sr.
Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald believes unrepresented populations of people are being impacted significantly by the current economic climate. Because of that, she thinks the city needs to fight to keep companies like Walgreens from abandoning urban areas at local, state and federal levels.
“I don’t want them to take this as personal directive on the City of Trotwood, it really is not, this happens to be the course of business right now and the course of business is very challenging now,” McDonald said.
Trotwood residents say they’re sad to see another business leave their community.
“This will be a great big inconvenience for me and a lot of seniors around here,” Roger Morris said. “This location is about a mile, mile and a half from my house, at the most. I’m a senior citizen, I get excellent service here.”
“I don’t like how they’re moving out things out of this area and not putting any good things back in this area,” Ivory Suesberry said. “This is really hurting the area also.”
Walgreens said in its filing that the move to close stores follows “a review of the real estate footprint in the United States.”
Walgreens provided a statement to 2 NEWS explaining the decision to close:
The Walgreens located at 5271 Salem Ave. in Trotwood is part of our previously announced (2019) decision to close a number of stores around the country. The majority of the store’s team members will be placed in other locations, and its last day of operation will be July 27, 2020. Patients of the pharmacy do not need to take any action, as their prescription files will automatically transfer to the Walgreens located at 4855 N. Main St. in Dayton. If they haven’t already, patients will be receiving a letter in the mail with more details.
The Trotwood location will close on July 27.
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