Boots is planning to cut down the number of branches in the UK from 2,200 to 1,900
Boots has shut down three more stores, as it moves forward with its plan to close 300 stores across the UK over the next 12 months.
On Saturday (18 November), Boots closed its branches in Mudge Way, Plymouth; Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter; and Low Moor Road, Kirkby, Ashfield.
The NHS issued a memo to shoppers and patients who use the Plymouth branch, which is located next to Plympton Health Centre, to inform them that “you will need to find and nominate another pharmacy to dispense your prescriptions going forward.”
Patients can set their nomination by contacting their new pharmacy and requesting “they do this for you.”
According to DevonLive, a note was attached to the Mount Pleasant pharmacy door that read: “Boots Mount Pleasant Store will close on Saturday, November 18 2023.
“Please discuss your future prescription requirements with a member of the team who will be happy to advise you. We have a number of different ways in which we can continue to support you with your ongoing prescription needs. Please ask for more details.”
Earlier this year, the pharmacy giant and chemist retailer announced its plan to cut down the number of branches from 2,200 to 1,900, which is aimed at improving profit margins amid rising costs and competition.
More branches will be closed in the next few months, and the full list of closures has been revealed.
The branches that would be shut down include Gorleston High Street, Great Yarmouth – November (TBC); Cambridge Road, Stanstead (January 6); Northdown Road, Margate, Kent (January 20); Wood Street, Swindon (February 9); and Front Street, Prudhoe (TBC).