LloydsPharmacy to close all 237 Sainsbury’s outlets

LloydsPharmacy has announced it will close all 237 of its Sainsbury’s outlets in a move which will affect around 2,000 jobs.

A spokesperson told Chemist & Druggist (C&D) that the move follows “a strategic review of its operations in response to changing market conditions”.

Chief executive Kevin Birch said the decision had “not been an easy one” and that Lloyds is working with all colleagues potentially affected by the changes.

Birch added that Lloyds is committed to helping patients easily find a suitable alternative provision.

Sainsbury’s also confirmed that the closures would take place over the coming months and said it would work with Lloyds to “ensure customers are clear on how they can access an alternative pharmacy provision to meet their needs”.

Asked whether the pharmacies in question would be closed or sold, Lloyds told C&D it is “currently exploring options for each individual branch”.

Lloyds recently expanded its existing partnership with Deliveroo.

At the time, Birch said: “We’re committed to improving patient care, giving them greater choice and control as to how, where, and when they access care and medicines. The extension of our partnership with Deliveroo plays an important role in that mission.”

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