May 3 was the last day Williston residents could pick up their prescriptions or shop various products at their local Walgreens.
“Thank you for choosing Walgreens for your pharmacy needs. After careful consideration, we have decided to close your neighborhood Walgreens at 12845 Main Street in Williston on Wednesday, May 3, 2023,” states a letter sent to pharmacy patients.
Factors for closure included “existing footprint of stores, dynamics of the local market, and changes in the buying habits of our patients and customers,” said Kris Lathan, Walgreens communications team lead.
All prescription records will be transferred to the Walgreens located at 2191 Whiskey Road in Aiken. Patients were notified of this change and do not have to take action for their prescription records to be moved to the Aiken pharmacy.
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause but hope to make the transition as seamless as possible,” states the letter.
The Williston location is 22.7 miles from the Aiken location along Route 78. Many Williston residents depended on the store for needs other than pharmaceuticals and referred to the store as the ‘Williston Walmart’ as it carried a range of goods.
“As we expand as a leader in healthcare, we are focused on best meeting the needs of patients and customers in communities we serve by creating the right network of stores in the right locations,” stated Lathan.
The Williston Walgreens is not the only store that has closed in recent years. The Walgreens in Allendale County closed earlier this year and the Walgreens near WestGate Mall in Spartanburg closed its doors in early 2022.
A location on North Main Street in Columbia closed in 2020 and the Walgreens location in Mullins, S.C. was operational for 13 years until it was closed in 2020 as well.
200 Walgreens stores across the U.S. were closed in 2020. However, this only reflects roughly 3% of total Walgreens locations in the country.