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Walgreens will close 200 US stores this fall

Walgreens still operates more than 18,000 stores worldwide, but closed 200 stores in the UK earlier this year

August 07, 2019 - 8:30 am

(KMOX) - As U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers continue to drop like flies, Walgreens officials have announced plans to shutter 200 stores as part of a cost-cutting measure.

In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, the company said the closings are part of its plan to streamline costs by $1.5 billion.

"We are undertaking a transformational cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise," a statement released Tuesday reads.

In June, Walgreens -- which operates more than 18,000 stores worldwide -- revealed its quarterly net income had dropped by 24 percent. These latest closures represent less than 3 percent of its 10,000 U.S. locations.

Walgreens previously announced plans to shut down 200 stores in the U.K. as well.

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