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Boots Pharmacy at Bungay Medical Centre to close on March 9

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The pharmacy chain has confirmed to shut 16 stores this year, with more expected to be announced later in the year

The rumours are true, the Boots Pharmacy at the Bungay Medical Centre in Suffolk is closing soon as part of the pharmacy chain’s cost-cutting plan.

The store has put up a notice to inform the public that it will pull the shutter down permanently on March 9.

The announcement has left people in the market town frustrated, as the chemist was right next to the doctors, and it is easily accessible.

Bungay mayor, Frances Betts, told Eastern Daily Press that the closure will be a “big loss” for the town.

She said that while the council was aware of the closure rumours, they have not been informed by Boots themselves, and that has saddened them.

Frances added the issue will be discussed at their next full council as “any shop closure is not good for the town.”

There is another Boots branch in the town at St Mary’s Street which is 0.5 miles away, but it doesn’t have a car park, which is the main concern raised by some of the people in the town.

After closing 20 stores last year, Boots has confirmed 16 stores that are set to close this year, with more expected to be announced later in the year.

In July 2023, the retailer announced its decision to close 300 branches located “in close proximity to each other” over the next 12 months to reduce its portfolio from around 2,200 to 1,900.

 

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