Three Duane Reade stores on the Upper West Side closed in a span of six months between last September and this February — one on 72nd and West End that closed in September, and locations on Broadway between 75th and 76th and on Amsterdam and 108th that both closed in February.
Given how quickly chain drugstores have proliferated in the neighborhood over the past few years, we wondered if this was part of a larger trend of downsizing.
Not so, replied a spokesman for Walgreens, which owns Duane Reade. He wrote that “From time-to-time we do close stores for a variety of reasons.”
“While the decision to close those locations were not easy, Duane Reade and Walgreens remains well positioned to service the needs of the Upper West End [sic] community and the rest of the City.” In fact, there are still 140 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in Manhattan.
But more changes could come soon. Walgreens is attempting to buy Rite Aid, and if the deal gets approval it will be interesting to see if they’ll be closing any other locations.