By Melissa Repko
CVS Health said Thursday that it will close about 900 stores over the next three years, as it adjusts to shoppers who are buying more online.
Shares rose 2.81% to close at $95.34. With the day’s gains, CVS shares are up about 40% this year, bringing its market value to $125.81 billion.
The company announced in a news release that it will focus more of its efforts on digital growth and turning its stores into destinations that offer a range of health-care services, from flu shots to diagnostic tests.
Store closures will begin in spring 2022. The company said it plans to close about 300 per year. In total, the closures will add up to roughly 9% of CVS’ nearly 10,000 U.S. stores. The company declined to share the specific locations of stores that will shutter.