CVS in downtown Berkeley will close next week

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The CVS at 2300 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley is scheduled to close on June 15.

Tora M. via Yelp

CVS Pharmacy in downtown Berkeley set to close June 15 Berkeleyside reported after spotting a sign posted on the store.

In late 2021, the drugstore chain announced plans to close 900 stores across the country, including at least six in San Francisco that closed in January. The flurry of closures is due to “too many overlapping locations” and an unsatisfactory in-person shopping experience with “poor lighting, depressing interiors, messy merchandising, and a poor product assortment,” a reported CNN.

“We have made the difficult decision to close our pharmacy at 2300 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday, June 15, 2022,” read a statement provided to SFGATE by CVS spokeswoman Monica Prinzing. “…Maintaining access to pharmacy services in underserved communities is an important factor we consider when making store closure decisions. Other factors include local market dynamics, population changes, a community’s store density, and ensuring that there are alternate geographic access points to meet community needs, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.”

CVS still has four remaining locations in Berkeley. All prescriptions at 2300 Shattuck Ave. will transfer to 2655 Telegraph Ave., approximately 0.9 mile or 20 minute walk. Store employees at the Berkeley closure site are also being offered jobs at other CVS stores, according to Prinzing’s statement.

CVS isn’t the only pharmacy to recently downsize. Walgreens closed two downtown San Francisco locations in February, adding to a streak of five closings in November 2021.

David H. Henry