On February 23, 2016, the now abandoned Walgreens store at 222 E. Pettit Ave. in Southgate Plaza shopping center in Fort Wayne, Indiana was been identified as one of 200 underperforming Walgreens plans to close, according to Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th district.
Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso confirmed to the Journal-Gazette and WANE-TV the store’s closure and said the last day of business there was Feb. 23. The store had operated in that location for about 20 years.
“It’s important to remember that the community will remain well-served by Walgreens,” Caruso said, noting there are 15 stores in Fort Wayne.
Prescription files stored at the Southgate Walgreens have since been transferred to the Walgreens at 1701 E. Paulding Road.
“Customers won’t need to take any action, the transfer is going to be automatic,” Caruso said. “Pharmacy patients will get a letter in the mail with details about the transfer.”
The closure came during a time when (Fort Wayne) Mayor Tom Henry’s administration has put renewed focus on bringing more business – particularly retail and restaurants – to the southeast side of Fort Wayne. Learning of the closure Friday, mayoral spokesman John Perlich said the administration is disappointed.
While he said it’s a shame to see Walgreens go, Hines hopes the space can be filled. But almost two years have passed and the space has not been filled.