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CVS to acquire, operate Schnucks pharmacies

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Schnucks grocery store on Forum Boulevard in Columbia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Schnucks announced Tuesday that they've signed an agreement allowing CVS to acquire and operate the pharmacies inside the grocery chain.

CVS is taking over the pharmacy services for 110 Schnucks grocery stores in the Midwest. Perscription files from 11 other pharmacy locations will be transferred to nearby CVS locations.

According to the announcement, CVS is in charge of posting all pharmacist and technician positions. All Schnucks employees who apply to CVS will be interviewed, the company says.

A Schnucks spokesperson said the grocer employs about 1,150 pharmacy technicians or related roles. The spokesperson said CVS is expected to make offers to most of the employees that apply. Pharmacy technicians that aren't hired at CVS will be transferred to other positions at Schnucks.

The news release said changes to the grocery stores will be rolled out over several months. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of June.

CVS operates pharmacies in Mid-Missouri including locations at the Columbia and Jefferson City Target stores. Schnucks has grocery stores in Columbia and Jefferson City as well.

CVS Executive Vice President Jon Roberts said in a prepared statement that the agreement will bring additional services to Schnucks Pharmacy customers.

“We have great admiration for Schnucks and believe CVS Pharmacy can bring additional clinical services to its customers," Roberts said. "One of CVS Health’s strategic imperatives is to Be Local. By opening CVS Pharmacy locations within Schnucks stores, we’re increasing access to high-quality care and meeting customers where they are."

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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