Boots to close more stores in 2024 before 300 locations shut for good - is your local pharmacy on the list?

18 December 2023, 14:58 | Updated: 18 December 2023, 20:03

Since 2019, the retail giant has closed over 200 stores, which is around eight per cent of its high street locations.
Since 2019, the retail giant has closed over 200 stores, which is around eight per cent of its high street locations. Picture: Getty
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

Boots will shut 16 more of their pharmacies in the new year as part of the wider plan to reduce its shops from around 2,200 to 1,900.

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These closures are part of wider plans to 'evolve' the Boots brand and to "optimise their locations" by reducing stores from 2,200 to 1,900.

This was announced in June 2023 but it did not reveal exactly which of its stores would shut.

So far, 20 of its stores have closed and it has been revealed that 16 more will shut in the new year.

Boots has said shoppers should have an alternative pharmacy less than three miles away from their homes.

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The full list of Boots stores set to shut in 2024 and the dates:

  • Cliftonville, Kent - January 20
  • Pemberton, Wigan - January 26
  • Hough Lane, Layland, Lancashire - to close in January
  • Front Street, Prudhoe - no date
  • Rhos on Sea - March 2024
  • Colwyn Bay - April 2024
  • Caerleon Road, Newport - to close in early 2024
  • Chepstow Road, Newport - to close in early 2024
  • Carlyon Road, St Austell, Cornwall - to close in early 2024
  • St Blazey, Cornwall - to close in early 2024
  • Lurgan - no date
  • Chard Road, Plymouth - no date
  • Mannamead Road, Plymouth - no date
  • Claremont Street, Plymouth - no date
  • Portland Walk, Barrow - no date
  • Gestridge Road, Teignbridge - no date
The pharmacy and beauty products chain announces it will close 300 shops.
The pharmacy and beauty products chain announces it will close 300 shops. Picture: Alamy

The full list of stores that have already closed in 2023:

  • Salford Shopping Centre, Greater Manchester - February 2023
  • Church Street, Malvern - March 2023
  • The Port Arcades Shopping Centre, Ellesmere - March 2023
  • King William Street, London - June 2023
  • Heathside Road, Woking - July 2023
  • UEA campus - July 2023
  • Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff - August 2023
  • Holywell, Flintshire (Wales) - August 2023
  • Windhill Road, Wakefield - October 2023
  • Upper Warrengate, Wakefield - October 2023
  • Glastonbury - October 2023
  • Uppingham Road, Leicester - October 2023
  • Guildford Road, Woking - October 2023
  • Kings Square, York - October 2023
  • Warminster - October 2023
  • Gorleston, Great Yarmouth - November 2023
  • High Row, Darlington - November 2023
  • Mudge Way, Plymouth - November 2023
  • Mount Pleasant, Exeter - November 2023
  • Kirkby Ashfield - November 2023

A Boots spokesperson said: "Evolving the store estate in this way allows Boots to concentrate its team members where they are needed and focus investment more acutely in individual stores with the ambition of consistently delivering an excellent and reliable service in a fresh and up-to-date environment."

High Street Chemist and Beauty stores, Boots, have announced that they are to reduce the total number of their shops in the UK from 2,200 to 1,900 by the end of 2023.
High Street Chemist and Beauty stores, Boots, have announced that they are to reduce the total number of their shops in the UK from 2,200 to 1,900 by the end of 2023. Picture: Alamy

However, Community Pharmacy England has concerns about the increase in pharmacy closures across the country.

Chief executive, Janet Morrison, said: "This is a trend that we have seen over the last seven years. Over 1,000 [pharmacies] have closed and that process seems to be accelerating.

"That is really a result of a crushing funding environment for the sector, seeing a 30% cut in real terms from their NHS funding, and they can't really sustain their businesses."

Since 2019, the retail giant has closed over 200 stores, which is around eight per cent of its high street locations.

This news comes as many other high street retailers have also closed shops and branches, such as Wilko, Next, and NatWest, due to the popularity of online shopping.

In addition to the rise of online retail, high inflation, the cost of living crisis, and increasing energy and wage costs have changed British consumer habits, resulting in fewer people visiting in-store locations.

Even worldwide issues have impacted the high street, such as the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

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