Some 60 QuickChek pharmacy team members will have the opportunity to interview and apply for similar positions with CVS Pharmacy.
QuickChek Corp. is moving out of the pharmacy business, and has agreed to transfer prescription records to CVS Pharmacy.
Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based QuickChek has 159 fresh convenience market locations throughout New Jersey, New York’s Hudson Valley, and Long Island, including 10 stores with pharmacy and 75 with fuel. The move will allow privately-held QuickChek, which was named CSD’s 2016 National Convenience Store Chain of the Year, to further concentrate on its core fresh convenience business and continue its growth in foodservice retailing and fuel.
The family-owned company will close the pharmacy departments in nine locations and remodel those stores to fit with its current new concept market stores which are designed to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go, fast-casual and Millennial shopper.
QuickChek and CVS Pharmacy are working together to ensure the transition will be seamless for patients and that their access to pharmacy care is not interrupted. To facilitate this changeover, CVS Pharmacy plans to interview QuickChek employees so they may join the CVS Pharmacy team.
Pharmacy departments that are expected to close in late November are in Bayonne, Beachwood, Ewing, Fords, North Bergen, Passaic, Point Pleasant, Scotch Plains, and Totowa. Customers will be directed to receive their pharmacy care at their local CVS Pharmacy store. QuickChek also has a store in Washington in Warren County, which CVS Pharmacy will acquire at a later date and operate as a CVS Pharmacy.
“CVS Pharmacy will continue to meet the pharmacy and health care needs of our customers, as well as provide career opportunities for our pharmacy team members,” said QuickChek Director of Pharmacy Mike Wunder, who noted that all 60 QuickChek pharmacy team members will have the opportunity to interview and apply for similar positions with CVS Pharmacy.
“We’re looking forward to introducing CVS Pharmacy’s industry-leading products and services to QuickChek pharmacy patients and are committed to ensuring that their pharmacy needs are not only met, but exceeded,” said Emmanuel Kolady, Division Vice President for CVS Pharmacy. “We are focused on delivering a smooth pharmacy transition to QuickChek’s patients and are excited to be able to help them achieve their best health.”
Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
In August 2017 QuickChek introduced its new store design to provide a better showcase for its high-quality, great tasting fresh food and beverage menu items as it continues to meet the ever-changing shopping and dining habits of today’s busy on-the-go consumer.
The fresh convenience market chain was named the 2016 Foodservice Innovator of the Year and its renowned fresh-brewed coffee was named best in America in a national consumer survey by Technomic.
QuickChek continues to buck the current economic trend, opening 26 new stores with fuel and hiring an additional 1,200 people since 2015. Its newest fresh convenience market store will open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in North Plainfield, N.J.; it is the company’s eighth new store to open in the past 10 months with an additional eight new stores planned to open in 2019, creating over 250 new positions.
CVS Pharmacy offers best-in-class clinical pharmacy services and medication adherence programs including automatic refills to help patients take their medications on time and as directed, immunizations, text alerts to inform patients when their prescriptions are ready and digital tools to help patients manage their prescriptions.
Patients and customers who are new to CVS Pharmacy will be introduced to a wide range of high-quality health, beauty and personal care products; exclusive CVS Health brand products that come with a 100% money back guarantee; and the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare Program, the nation’s largest rewards program that provides customers with personalized savings and rewards that are earned by shopping in-store or at www.cvs.com.
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry.