CVS will close MinuteClinic inside WeHo location

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CVS is shuttering the MinuteClinic inside its Santa Monica Boulevard/La Cienega location, a sign that the clock may be running out on the CVS itself.

The pharmacy chain will close 24 of the clinics — which provide first aid, vaccinations, lab tests and screenings — across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties by February 25.

The CVS sits at the top of one of West Hollywood’s busiest intersections, but in recent years it has become a magnet for the homeless. The city is converting the former motel next door into interim housing and intends to build a central homeless shelter soon — perhaps at the former IHOP next door to the motel, which itself recently closed.

If the entire CVS exits, the city might have a once-in-a-lifetime ability to transform the entire block into facilities for the homeless, a jackpot for the myriad organizations and contractors who profit from the taxpayer dollars earmarked to stop the problem. 

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just a thought
just a thought
20 days ago

This has nothing to do with crime, simply an economic consequence of a business model that thrived during the pandemic and no longer has a logical profit model in a world without as much need for respiratory thought. Maybe healthcare is better performed at urgent cares that don’t have a massive pharmaceutical conglomerate attachment, but that wouldn’t fit with your anti-homeless agenda brandon huh!

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
21 days ago

I’m at cvs at least 2 or more times per week. I’ve never seen the mini clinic open. There is always a sign that it is currently closed.

Jerome Cleary
Jerome Cleary
22 days ago

This is bad for the residents and seniors because I had used this twice where I could be seen by a doctor the same day within a few hours and get a prescription. Nowadays your doctor is booked up and cannot even give you a much-needed appointment the same week or the same month as they are booked up. I saw many people using this at the West Hollywood location when I was shopping in the store.

ctc
ctc
22 days ago

Closing the clinic is not reflective of any issues with the store nor signifies any plans to shutter the location. It is simply the result of the clinic concept not performing as expected at this location. Just as poorly selling products are pulled from inventory, services are discontinued when they aren’t meeting their budgeted cost/return.

Kevin
Kevin
23 days ago

Minute clinics were a failed launch by CVS corporate. The closing of the clinic in West Hollywood is one of at least 24 across SoCal and is not a sign of the viability of the overall CVS location. A pharmacist who used to work there told me it is one of the most profitable pharmacies in the chain and the store itself is always busy when I am there. Having the dedicated parking is also a plus. The “chicken littles” on this site have been predicting the closing of this location for years, I guess to support their sky is… Read more »

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
23 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

If your secret inside sources claim it’s such a profitable location, why do all signs point to its closing?

RJH
RJH
23 days ago

Not surprising. CVS, like most retailers, just have too many physical storefronts especially after the massive shift to online shopping accelerated by the pandemic. It is the same reason so many retail storefronts have been empty in our neighborhoods for years. In person shopping, especially, for basic goods, has just declined dramatically. Wake up landlords. It is time to pivot your spaces, make improvements and get new businesses in that residents will patronize. This is now happening to our oversupply of pot shops. We just don’t need that many! All of these companies are now finally just rightsizing their real… Read more »

Sadinweho
Sadinweho
24 days ago

This CVS is dunzo before the homeless shelter opens. The garage and inside of thee store are starting to feel creepy enough as it is now. Just wait till the shelter opens and the overspill loiters around the CVS.

JF1
JF1
23 days ago
Reply to  Sadinweho

I go to the Beverly Hills CVS now. Lower sales tax, cleaner, safer, no homeless and no parking structure that reeks of urine.

Kevin
Kevin
23 days ago
Reply to  JF1

Maybe instead of just shopping there, you should move to Beverly Hills. You seem to hate literally everything about weho based your comment history.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
23 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

When you smell homeless urine, are you attracted to shop there? I think I figured it out: if someone disagrees with you, your solution is for them to move out.

mike
mike
22 days ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

If you smell urine at a restaurant parking lot inside I certainly wouldn’t eat at the restaurant. I travel out of the city now to avoid the smell or urine in parking lots, better service, no homeless, free 2hr parking in Beverly HIlls and no feces. That CVS has gone down hill. When Harry (mgr) was running the pharmacy it was way better and the help was nicer. Take your business somewhere else if you’re NOT satisfied with any business, cleanliness, surroundings, or help. Just remember it’s the customers who keeps ANY bussineses and their staff in business.

Sighh
Sighh
22 days ago
Reply to  mike

I agree. Min wages keep going up in town too and imo attitudes are no longer customer oriented nor is service.

kab1200
kab1200
21 days ago
Reply to  mike

I love the people who work there, what are you talking about?

Jimmy palmieri
Jimmy palmieri
23 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

Lol

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
24 days ago

And the only thing those of us who are most affected by this can do is at the ballot box on election day. Even then our biggest obstacle is each other; those who vote based only on name recognition having almost no awareness of the candidate’s history or positions. We who pay attention and, among other things read WeHoonline, can have our well-informed vote cancelled out by another voter who casts their votes as they do because, “she seems nice”, or “I’ve heard of him but none of the others” or, and this one is most insidious, how many intersectionality… Read more »

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
24 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Identity politics rely on low-information voters. During the last election cycle I asked neighbors how they intended to vote and more than one responded that they would vote for whoever was on the slate mailers they received in their mailboxes. I asked them if they knew who was behind those slate mailers (which are nothing more than paid advertisements by political campaigns) and to a person they replied that they did not know who was behind them. Talk to neighbors, talk to colleagues, talk to random people in the check-out lines, or at the coffee shop. Don’t be surprised when… Read more »

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
23 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Another way those slate mailers are deceptive is the creators know pretty much how you’re likely to vote so they feature what they think will be your preferred candidates and issues, but they slip in one that you may not know much about leaving you with the impression that this person or issue aligns with you as well when they are actually 180 degrees from your ideology. I’ve seen people carrying those mailers into the voting booth with them.

JF1
JF1
23 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

YUP. They moved the local city election to align with the general election to get more people to vote. The only problem,,,,prior to this move, most of the people that voted in the local city election actually knew what the candidates stood for. Now with the local city election aligned with the general election, you’ve got more people voting but they have no clue as to who they are voting for and what they stand for. That’s how we got Byers, Erickson and Shyne. Let’s hope people wise up and vote for those candidates that SUPPORT the police (not just… Read more »

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