Walgreens to Close Half the USA Drug Stores

(KATV) Two months after Walgreens announced they were purchasing USA Drug stores and that nothing was going to change, they're closing 27 of the Arkansas stores in the next 60 days.

It made people question how it was going to work since so many of the USA Drug and Walgreens stores sit across the street from each other. A Walgreens spokesperson

They expect to close stores by November. USA Drug also goes by four other names (USA Drug, Super D Drug, May's Drug, Med-Z and Drug Warehouse). It is an Arkansas based company that started in Pine Bluff. The chain is known for its down home feel and discount prices. Last year they recorded 825 million in sales.

Loyal customers just learning about the deal are less than thrilled to find out their location is on the chopping block. All hot springs locations are closing and three will remain in Little Rock. Mark Cluvane is a customer at the USA Drug that sits across from Walgreens on Bowman. He says, "It's an Arkansas based business and it's going to be really a shame to see it go, I wish it wasn't too late."

Walgreens has not finalized the acquisition. This announcement is in anticipation that the ink will be dry by mid September.

27 stores are closing in Arkansas. The total is 76, about half the 144 stores in seven states they're purchasing. Plus, Channel Seven has learned those employees losing their jobs will be at the top of the list for openings at other locations.

List of Arkansas stores closing:

USA Drug Express 100 Airport Rd. Hot Springs

USA Drug Express 531 W. Grand Hot Springs

USA Drug Express 1024 Military Road, Benton

USA Drug Express 1101 N. Walton Bentonville

USA Drug 1428 W.Walnut Rogers

USA Drug 1112 W. Main Russellville

USA Drug Express 1572 N. College Ave. Fayetteville

USA Drug Express 2111 W. MLK Blvd. Fayetteville

USA Drug Express 202 W. Bower Harrison

USA Drug Express 5462 Central Ave. Hot Springs

USA Drug 105 N. Rodney Parham Rd. #3 Little Rock

USA Drug 16924 Cantrell Rd. Little Rock

USA Drug 11108 N. Rodney Parham Road Little Rock

USA Drug Express 215 N. Bowman Rd Little Rock

USA Drug 6115 Baseline Road Little Rock

USA Drug 2743 Lakewood Village Drive N. Little Rock

USA Drug Express 5209 JFK Blvd N. Little Rock

USA Drug Express1300 E. Kiehl Sherwood

USA Drug 100 Hwy. 412 West Siloam Springs

USA Drug 2300 W Sunset Ave, Springdale

USA Drug, 437 E PAGE AVE Malvern

USA Drug Express, 1920 MALCOLM AVE Newport

Rx Express Pharmacy 2720 E RACE AVE Searcy

Super D Drugs Express 1340 Higdon Ferry Road Hot Springs

Super D Drugs Express 533 W. Nettleton Jonesboro

Super D Drugs Express 1733 W. Kingshighway Paragould

Super D Drugs 1111 North Washington Forrest City

Walgreens Statement: After careful planning and market analysis, on Monday we began to notify employees of our intent to close 14 stores in the Little Rock region, in addition to some stores in other states. Our decisions about stores closures are based on a number of considerations, including size of the market and proximity to other Walgreens and USA Drug stores and affiliates. If 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 has been transferred. No other action is needed by pharmacy customers to have their existing prescriptions filled at any Walgreens store.