Bi-Mart will be closing the pharmacies in all 56 of their locations across the Northwest in a deal with Walgreens which is acquiring that portion of the business.

In a press release announcing the deal, the two companies say that prescription and patient information will be transferred to a nearby Walgreens for continued service.

They also state, “In select areas where Walgreens does not have nearby stores, Walgreens will operate pharmacies within existing Bi-Mart locations under the Walgreens brand.” The nearest Walgreens to Sunnyside is on Yakima Ave. in Yakima.

Rich Truett, president and CEO, Bi-Mart said in a statement, “Bi-Mart’s core business is healthy and strong, however over the years factors such as increasing costs and ongoing reimbursement pressure has led in part to our decision. We look forward to partnering with Walgreens to transition our pharmacy staff and members as seamless as possible.”

A spokesperson for Walgreens did not say specifically if they would continue to operate the location in the Sunnyside Bi-Mart, but did note that there will be information mailed out and on display in the store.

The two companies say they are working to make the process as smooth as possible and that patients will be notified by mail when they are being transferred.

Truett says Bi-Mart is in a solid financial position and they hope to “expand our plans,” in the future.

Kevin Rounce can be reached at 509-837-4500 ext 110 or email krounce@sunnysidesun.com

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