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LIMA — Rays Supermarket will close its three pharmacies, the company announced Friday.

Walgreens acquired the Rays Pharmacy & Wellness Centers located at Rays Clocktower Plaza, 927 N. Cable Road; Rays Market, 890 S. Cable Road; and Rays Eastgate, 2100 Harding Highway.

In an increasingly competitive environment, Rays has decided to focus on food and improving the overall food shopping experience, Rays President and CEO Stephanie Skylar said.

Prescriptions will be transferred to Walgreens.

“Thank you so much for your loyal patronage throughout the years,”Skylar said in a statement. “I trust that the transfer of your prescriptions will be handled with the professionalism and convenience offered by Walgreens. I invite you to continue to shop Rays and watch for other new and exciting changes in our great food offerings.”

All prescriptions have been transferred to the Walgreens location nearest the customer’s previous pharmacy location. Prescription insurance coverage is the same at Walgreens as it was at Rays Pharmacy & Wellness Centers, a Rays news release said.

“Walgreens appreciates Rays Pharmacy & Wellness Centers taking care of the Lima community for several years”, according to Ryan Wagner of Walgreens. He went on to add, “Walgreens is looking forward to serving the pharmacy customers at one of the 3 convenient Lima locations.”

Walgreens has three Lima locations:

• 24 hour location on the west side at 701 N. Cable Road Lima; phone number 419-222-9978

• East side location at 2366 Harding Highway; phone number 419-222-1600

• St. Rita’s location at 730 West Market Street; phone number 419-221-0166.

This past decade saw Rays investing in its pharmacy business. In 2006, Rays renovated pharmacies at Clocktower and Harding Highway. In 2007, as part of a $5 million renovation and expansion at Rays Market on South Cable Road, the company added a pharmacy to the store.

The pharmacy closure news comes on the heels of Rays announcement Monday that it will close the Clocktower Plaza location by April 13. The store has been affected by new competition in the area, and the company decided to focus on more popular locations.

Rays is owned by Chief Super Markets Inc., a family-owned, regional supermarket chain with headquarters in Defiance. The company operates 12 stores under the Chief and Rays banners in nine communities in northwest and west central Ohio. Rays started in Lima in the mid-’80s.

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