Four LaGrange Corley drugstores are preparing to shut down at the end of the month. Each store’s records will transfer overnight to a local CVS store.
Southeastern Pharmaceuticals, Inc., owner of four Corley Drugs agreed earlier this year to a merger with CVS.
The closing dates are:
Airport Road and South Greenwood stores will close at the end of the day May 23.
The South Davis Road store will close at the end of the day May 24.
The North Greenwood store will close at 5 p.m. May 25 and reopen May 28 as a CVS store.
“All prescription files will be pulled during the night and then will be at CVS stores the next morning. That’s the plan,” said Scott Burton, a pharmacist and president of Southeastern Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Once the files are transferred, customers can go to any CVS store.”
Corley Drugs customers shouldn’t have to fill out new paperwork or present their insurance cards when they visit a CVS store for a prescription, Burton said. “If everything goes seamlessly you shouldn’t have to fill out new insurance paperwork, but just in case I would be prepared with insurance cards. It’s better to be prepared,” he said.
If customers call the Corley drugstore phone numbers for refills, those numbers will roll over to a corresponding CVS store. Those stores are:
South Greenwood to CVS on Morgan Street; Airport Road to CVS at Sawmill Plaza; South Davis Road to CVS on Hogansville Road.
Files at the North Greenwood Corley Drugs will stay at the same location when it becomes a CVS store. A new CVS store will be built next to the current CVS on Morgan Street - where Video Warehouse now stands. Once that store is completed, the North Greenwood store will merge with that CVS.
“We expect to see construction on the Morgan Street CVS to begin mid- to late-2012. The opening is scheduled for early 2013,” said Mike DeAngelis, director of public relations for CVS. “We are also going to build a free-standing, larger store on Roanoke Road. We don’t have a timetable to announce for that.”
All 70 employees at the Corley drugstores were offered jobs with CVS.
“Tentatively, the familiar faces at each Corley Drugs will go to the store where the files go. They will, of course, be mixed in with veteran CVS employees,” Burton said. “If you don’t see them the next day, they’ll be there shortly after that.”
CVS stores will also keep Corley’s prescription deliver service and transfer all charge accounts.
“We’ll continue to offer those services,” DeAngelis said. “We don’t do that across the chain, but when we do acquisitions of other pharmacies, we try to have a seamless transition for those customers.”
Corley customers will also be able to take advantage of CVS services they haven’t had before, such as prescription text alerts, automated refill service and the CVS ExtraCare loyalty program.
“We’re taking the services that Corley customers have come to depend on over the years and merging them with all that CVS pharmacy has to offer. We look forward to continuing to serving the LaGrange community,” DeAngelis said.