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Jacksonville issued permits Oct. 26 for Walgreens to add two Village Medical full-service primary care clinics to its pharmacies in West Jacksonville as part of a $1 billion national rollout of the concept, the Jacksonville Daily Record (JDR) has reported.
Horizon Retail Construction of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, is the contractor for the two $625,000 projects. The overall initiative is expected to cost Walgreens $3.1 million as the pharmacy chain plans to build an additional three clinics in its Jacksonville-area pharmacies.
JDR reports Walgreens will add 3,049 sq. ft. of space at 7546 103rd St. and 2,901 sq. ft. at 654 Cassat Ave. The city also is reviewing applications for proposed build-outs for clinics at 866 Dunn Ave. in North Jacksonville; 5340 Soutel Dr. in Northwest Jacksonville; and 7224 Merrill Rd, in Arlington.
Overall, Walgreens plans to open 600 or more Village Medical centers by 2025 and 400 more by 2027.
The stores will be remodeled to include a vestibule, patient waiting area, exam rooms and support space.
Company spokesperson Jessica Masuga said on June 10 that renovations in the Jacksonville stores will be completed in 2022.
Walgreens announced in July would invest $1 billion into Village Medical parent company VillageMD over the next three years. VillageMD will invest 80% of that into opening clinics inside Walgreens stores.
Village Medical at Walgreens locations “integrate pharmacists as critical members of VillageMD’s physician-led, multidisciplinary team to provide patients with a full suite of primary care and pharmacy services at convenient Walgreens neighborhood locations,” a December news release said.
Walgreens says the clinics accept a wide range of health insurance options and offer in-person and virtual appointments. Many clinics will be in areas with fewer health care options, the July news release said.