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Safeway Begins Building Clinics in its Stores

Although there is no official announcement yet, Merchant Medicine has learned that Safeway is building retail clinics in its stores in California, from the Bay Area to south of Los Angeles. We have learned from our sources that the company could have plans for 100 or more clinics. Some are nearly completed, and furniture has been ordered. Based on one of the building permits we reviewed online, which listed the clinic at 399 square feet, we anticipate that retail clinics will open inside Safeway stores this fall. A spokesperson for Safeway was not immediately available for comment.

We were unable to confirm who will operate the clinics. Given California’s tough corporate practice of medicine laws, it is unlikely Safeway will operate the clinics themselves through a wholly owned subsidiary, as is done by Target, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger. Among the options would be local area physicians, regional multispecialty groups, or national or regional health systems.

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April 5, 2013
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