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QuickChek exits pharmacy business in deal with CVS Pharmacy

BY David Salazar

Convenience store operator QuickChek is exiting the pharmacy game. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain on Tuesday announced that it would be transferring prescription records from nine of its stores to CVS Pharmacy, with plans for CVS Pharmacy to purchase and operate one location in the future. QuickChek said the move was aimed at helping it focus on its core fresh convenience business while growing its foodservice retailing and fuel areas.

“We’re looking forward to introducing CVS Pharmacy’s industry-leading products and services to QuickChek pharmacy patients and are committed to ensuring that their pharmacy needs are not only met, but exceeded,” said Emmanuel Kolady, division vice president for CVS Pharmacy. “We are focused on delivering a smooth pharmacy transition to QuickChek’s patients and are excited to be able to help them achieve their best health.”

Customers at QuickChek’s Bayonne, Beachwood, Eqing, Fords, North Bergen, Passaic, Point Pleasant, Scotch Plains and Totowa stores will be directed to their local CVS Pharmacy location for their pharmacy needs once the pharmacy departments at those stores close in late November. The stores will be remodeled to fit within QuickChek’s latest concept stores. Additionally, QuickChek said CVS Pharmacy would be interviewing the 60 QuikChek pharmacy employees to potentially get similar positions at CVS Pharmacy.

The companies did not disclose terms of the agreement.

“CVS Pharmacy will continue to meet the pharmacy and health care needs of our customers, as well as provide career opportunities for our pharmacy team members,” said QuickChek director of pharmacy Mike Wunder.

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