Walgreens to close eastern PA facility and lay off 400

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 27, 2013 3:00 PM
(Bethlehem) -- The Walgreens drugstore chain is closing a distribution center in eastern Pennsylvania, which is expected to result in 400 layoffs. 

A company spokeswoman says employees at the Lehigh Valley center in the Bethlehem area were told of the decision today and the layoffs will occur gradually from January through March.

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.

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

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