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Walgreens to close Pa. facility, lay off 400

September 27, 2013
Associated Press

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — The Walgreens drugstore chain is closing a distribution center in eastern Pennsylvania, which is expected to result in 400 layoffs.

Company spokeswoman Emily Hartwig said employees at the Lehigh Valley center in the Bethlehem area were told of the decision Friday and that the layoffs will occur gradually from January through March.

Hartwig says the two-decade-old facility in Northampton County has been operating at only one shift per day, compared with the two daily shifts at the company's other distribution centers.

She says Walgreens employs nearly 4,500 people across Pennsylvania at drugstores and other facilities.



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