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Bi-Mart to close pharmacies in Portland area next week

Thirteen stores will be impacted. The stores will stay open, they just won't offer pharmacy services.
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PORTLAND, Ore — Beginning next week, people will no longer be able to pick up their prescriptions at Bi-Mart pharmacies in the Portland area.

The company announced that pharmacy services will end on Tuesday, Nov. 12. In a press release, the company said the pharmacies were no longer profitable for the following reasons:

  • Growing number of pharmacies in the Portland metro area.
  • Rising fees on Medicare part D prescriptions by pharmacy benefit managers.
  • Restricted access to healthcare plans.
  • Pressure from the Oregon Corporate Activity Tax that goes into effect in 2020. 

The change impacts 13 stores in the Portland metro area. The stores will remain open and still have their other services.

  • Aloha
  • Damascus
  • Gresham
  • Hillsboro
  • Molalla
  • Newberg
  • Oregon City
  • Portland (Halsey and Woodstock locations)
  • Sandy
  • Tigard
  • Washougal
  • Woodburn

Bi-Mart member prescription files for the Oregon locations will automatically transfer to Walgreens on Monday, Nov. 11. Prescription files for the Washougal location will transfer to Walgreens on Nov. 19. People affected do not need to take any action and will receive a letter in the mail with more detail on their prescription records, the company said.

Pharmacy employees impacted by the closures will be offered jobs in other positions or locations. If they can’t be placed elsewhere, they’ll be eligible for a severance package.

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