Walgreens closing Southgate store after 2 decades

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Walgreens store at Southgate Plaza will close after some 20 years on the city’s south side.

The Walgreens store at 222 E. Pettit Ave. will close Feb. 23, 2016.
The Walgreens store at 222 E. Pettit Ave. will close Feb. 23, 2016.

Phil Caruso, Walgreens’ media relations representative, confirmed to NewsChannel 15 on Wednesday that the store at 222 E. Pettit Ave. would be closed. The News-Sentinel reported on Wednesday the store’s last day of business will be Feb. 23.

“Walgreens has operated this store for about 20 years and the decision to close it was not easy,” said Caruso.

Caruso said that despite the closure of the store, “the community will remain well served by Walgreens.” He said the store at 1701 E. Paulding Road at South Anthony Boulevard – less than a mile away – would take over prescription files for customers automatically. Pharmacy patients will receive a letter in the mail providing more information about their prescription records.

“Customers need take no action; the transfer is automatic and our teams at those stores look forward to serving them,” said Caruso.

Caruso said Walgreens would work with the staff at the Pettit Avenue store to offer opportunities to work in other locations. He did not say how many workers would be impacted.

Walgreens will maintain 15 other stores in Fort Wayne.

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