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Boots closing two stores in North Wales in early 2024

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A petition has been launched to save a Boots pharmacy in Bournville from closure

The pharmacy chain has already announced plans to permanently close hundreds of its branches across the UK to consolidate its portfolio of 2,200 stores to 1,900.

Two of its branches in North Wales will be closed next year, with its site in Rhos on Sea set to close its doors in March 2024 and the shop in Colywn Bay the following month.

In a statement obtained by The Sun, Clwyd West MP David Jones has branded the closures “hugely bad news for the local community”.

He added that it is not “a case of simple shop closures,” but “another body blow for the local retail economy.”

The Station Road shopping centre, where the Colwyn Bay store is located, has already seen the closure of several other prominent stores, including WHSmith, the MP stated.

The closure of two Boots stores will leave many people “extremely worried as to how they will be able to obtain essential medicines,” he added.

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched to save the St Andrews Parade pharmacy in Bournville from closure.

Cllr Catherine Gibbons have also joined residents to convince the company to backtrack on its decision.

The petition obtained by Weston Mercury reads: “Our town is home to a significant number of elderly and disabled individuals who require regular medication. The closure of this pharmacy would mean that they would have to travel further distances to access their prescriptions, which would be detrimental to their health and further worsen health inequalities for the most in need.

“We know pharmacies play a crucial role in providing quality healthcare services across the UK.

“The closure of our local Boots pharmacy would not only disrupt these essential services but also put additional pressure on other healthcare providers in our community.”

Boots has already closed a number of its branches in Flintshire, Wales, Leicester, York, Plymouth and Exeter, and is s pulling down the shutters on its site in Wigan and Norwich in early 2024.

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