CVS Downtown Fresno

The Downtown Fresno CVS location is closing Sept. 13. Photo by Ben Hensley

published on August 10, 2022 - 8:18 AM
Written by Ben Hensley

The CVS store at 1302 Fulton St. in Downtown Fresno is scheduled to close Sept. 13 — the latest closure for the pharmacy giant as it scales back its footprint.

A statement from the Rhode Island-based company cites market dynamics, population shifts, store density and “a focus on ensuring that geographic access points meet the needs of the community” as reasons for shutting the doors.

“All prescriptions will be transferred to our CVS Pharmacy at 3011 E. Shields Avenue in Fresno to ensure that patients continue to have uninterrupted access to pharmacy care,” said Monica Prinzing, CVS corporate communications senior manager, in an email.

With more than 20 additional CVS locations throughout the Fresno-Clovis area, and nearly 50 locations throughout Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties, CVS reviews all locations carefully, she added.

A CVS location in Fowler — the only public pharmacy in the town of 6,700 residents — was shuttered in February.

CVS has recently focused on bringing health services to the Valley, including the designation of Fresno as a Health Zone — an area in which CVS plans to focus efforts to improve health and wellbeing in areas plagued by underemployment, housing insecurity and food insecurity or have a large migrant worker population.

CVS announced in November 2021 a plan to close about 300 stores a year for the next three years — nearly a tenth of its 10,000 or so retail locations. CVS has also been expanding some of its stores to offer more health care services, such as the Fresno HealthHUB location at 7096 N. West Ave.

CVS declined to list other local stores that may be closing in the future.


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