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Major pharmacy faces accusations of discriminatory store closures

A group of lawmakers are doubling down on their allegations of a popular pharmacy being selective in where it closes its stores.

After vowing to close hundreds of its stores by August of this year, Walgreens is being put in the hot seat for where it is choosing to close up shop. The pharmacy, which provides care to consumers in over 8,600 locations across the U.S., is being accused of “racial and economic discrimination” by a group of lawmakers after it recently closed stores in communities that have predominantly Black and Latino residents.

“When a Walgreens leaves a neighborhood, they disrupt the entire community and they take with them baby formula, diapers, asthma inhalers, life-saving medications, and, of course, jobs," said Rep. Ayanna Pressley while speaking on the House floor on Jan. 30. "These closures are not arbitrary and they are not innocent. They are life-threatening acts of racial and economic discrimination.”


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