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Jenny Craig to open stores in some Walgreens locations

The pharmacy is also closing some walk-in clinics

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Jenny Craig (an Authorized Partner) is raising the profile of its weight-loss program by teaming up with Walgreens to offer products and services within select Walgreens locations.

Initially, the two companies said there will be a Jenny Craig (an Authorized Partner) presence in 100 Walgreens stores before the end of January 2020. The store locations will offer private one-on-one consultations, a customized menu plan, and meal delivery.

It will be the first time the diet-control company will use a national drugstore chain as a venue and the first time Walgreens will offer a weight control program as part of its health services.

“Jenny Craig (an Authorized Partner) has a long-standing history of changing lives through personal one-on-one support and lifestyle management,” said Jim OConor, senior vice president of neighborhood health destination at Walgreens. “We found Jenny Craig (an Authorized Partner) to be a strong fit with our shared mission to provide trusted, proven, and personalized care.”

The first 100 Jenny Craig (an Authorized Partner) Walgreens locations are in 20 states in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, among others. Once they are open, the companies have left open the possibility of other potential in-store and digital initiatives.

Walk-in clinics are closing

At the same time, Walgreens is closing and scaling back its walk-in clinics located in some Walgreen stores. The move is aimed at trimming costs.

In some locations, the pharmacy retailer will turn over clinic operations to third-party providers. For example, in the Cincinnati market, Walgreens has signed an agreement with TriHealth to operate seven of its in-store clinics. TriHealth is a comprehensive not-for-profit health system with six hospitals and 130 sites of care.

"Today's announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to collaborate with community health systems, like TriHealth, to offer convenient access to affordable healthcare services while helping to ensure a true continuum of care for our patients," said Dr. Chet Robson, Walgreens acting chief medical officer. "We look forward to working with TriHealth as it shares our commitment to delivering exceptional and personalized patient care."

TriHealth CEO Mark Clement says the deal with Walmart will allow it to meet the evolving needs of healthcare consumers by offering care “when, where and how consumers are seeking it.”

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