Originally Published: March 30, 2014 6 a.m.
Walgreen Co. this week announced plans to close 76 unprofitable drugstores by August as part of a nationwide plan to save as much as $50 million per year beginning in its fiscal 2015.It is unclear whether any of the four locations - Prescott, in the Albertson's/Depot Marketplace and Willow Creek Road/Gail Gardner; Chino Valley at 89/Road2N; or Prescott Valley at 2880 Centre Court - will close or survive the axe. Calls to local stores were referred to the corporate office, and calls to the Michigan-based drugstore chain's headquarters went unreturned this week.However, the website for Walgreen, the nation's largest drugstore chain, and other media reports confirm officials are declining to specify which locations will close, other than stating they're "spread across the country." Most stores that will close either have had other Walgreens locations open in the same area or have seen real estate values decline since they've opened, the company said.Including the closures, the company still plans to have a net increase in store count this year of between 55 and 75 locations. It operates 8,210 drugstores nationwide, 138 more than a year ago.SMILEAn Elegant Smile Dentistry has a new hygienist. The dental office at 980 Willow Creek Road, Suite 103, has welcomed Mary Lewis to its practice.Lewis has been a hygienist in the Prescott area for more than 17 years, and "We are so proud to have her as part of our exceptional team," a news release states. Elegant Smile's phone number is 928-445-1682.SALES ACHIEVEMENT AWARDPrescott Spas in Prescott Valley has earned an Outstanding Sales Achievement Award for 2013 from Watkins Manufacturing, which is part of Masco Corporation. To receive this award Prescott Spas met and exceeded its targeted sales goal, according to Prescott Spas.Congratulations!Their phone number is 928-775-9884, or visit them online at prescottspas.com.GET MOVINGThe Dance Studio has completed its move to the Prescott Athletic & Tennis Club (formerly Prescott Racquet Club), 1 Kingswood Drive. The new location is one mile west of their old site on Iron Springs Road, according to artistic director Donna Casey, who has owned the studio for 19 years.Casey adds she has done many remodels inside the building, and "You would hardly recognize it!" It stands as a one-stop for dance and fitness in the pines.This fall, The Dance Studio will be celebrating its 20th year in Prescott.TOP RANKINGThe Good Samaritan Society Care Centers have ranked highly on the latest list of best nursing homes, complied by U.S. News and World Report.For an overall rating Good Sam received five stars, based on ratings in health inspections, nurse staffing, and measures of medical quality of care, according to U.S. News and World Report and Good Samaritan Society's relationship development director, Cindy Brown.The center's phone number is 928-443-9760.To have your business progress, new-starts or company's growth - such as new hires, changes in hours or location, even a new product line or trend - in The Daily Courier, call 445-3333 ext. 1095, or email email@example.com.Follow Tim Wiederaenders on Twitter @TWieds_editor