STALYBRIDGE is to lose another major name from its high street.
Lloyds Pharmacy is to close on Friday, January 26 having been on Melbourne Street for more than two decades.
The announcement was posted on the door of the pharmacy.
It comes in the wake of the news that Yorkshire Building Society, only yards away, is set to close at the end of March.
Pharmacy practice manager Vicky Dyer said she was unable to comment, but directed the Correspondent to head office.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that we are in the process of closing our Lloyds Pharmacy store on Melbourne Street, Stalybridge.
“This is an ongoing process, therefore it’s too early to give any further details.
“What we can say is that both the employees of the stores and the local communities are cared for as a priority.
“This decision has been made due to NHS England cuts to reimbursement and increases in retrospective clawbacks, which means this store is no longer commercially viable.”
Peter Taylor, chairman of Stalybridge Business Forum, was not surprised to hear about the closure.
He said: “It is a sign of the times as more pharmacies are being incorporated within doctors’ surgeries. There are still four or five pharmacies in the town.
“As with the Yorkshire Building Society, these are decent-sized units in an ideal place in the town centre and a great place for anybody wanting to come into the town.
“I prefer to look on the bright side and hopefully it will bring good quality shops into the town, like Deli Felice that has just opened.”