Winn-Dixie closes four pharmacies in Tampa Bay area

Posted at 4:59 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 16:59:27-04

Winn-Dixie has closed four pharmacy locations in the Bay area within the past week. 

A spokesperson for Southeaster Grocers, said they have closed the locations because of a reduced level of demand for pharmacy services. 

The closed locations include:

  • 3327 9th Street North, St. Petersburg
  • 15692 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa
  • 13016 Race Track Road, Tampa
  • 6425 County Line Road, Tampa

In a statement, "We are fully supporting the associated impacted by this decision. We are incredibly sensitive to how change may affect some of our customers and are working hard to ensure that our customers are supported throughout this change. 

Winn-Dixie remains focused on improving for our customers, with great value and quality items in our grocery stores. Any changes to either our grocery or pharmacy stores will be addressed on a case-by-case basis."

A Bay area mother tells ABC Action News that she had no idea that the pharmacy was closing -- and that her son's prescription records were sent to CVS. 

Winn-Dixie said they sent records to the closest CVS location for these customers because they said by law, pharmacies need to transfer records to a licensed pharmacy.

"I saw there was a sign on the pharmacy that said we're sorry, we're now closed," said Mary Saville.

Saville was in shock she wasn't give a notice from the grocery chain because she depends on medication for her 10-year-old son Jack, who just had a heart transplant last year. 

"I hope we're the only one, but I can't imagine we're the only ones this has happened to."

Saville wishes she was notified to make sure the new pharmacy would have some of the rare and essential medications Jack needs daily.

"At least give me an option, let me do some research, see what pharmacy hours are and what's closest to where we travel," she said. 

Since Jack's heart transplant, he's completed physical therapy and is now able to attend school part-time. 

For more information about his story, click here.