South side residents react to Walgreens closure

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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Students and residents aren’t happy about another store closure on Tallahassee’s south side.

The Walgreens located at the corner of Magnolia and Monroe, right near FAMU's campus, served its final customers Tuesday.

"This is the side of town I live on and this is where I want to come," said local resident, Anthony Davis.

But that is no longer an option.

"Walgreens was a good fit because it was a convenience store and had other supplies that people needed for everyday use," said FAMU student Charles Drinks.

Folks said they aren’t happy about a growing trend. It's the second closure of a store here this year.

"It greatly concerns me that the Winn Dixie is closing, as well as the Walgreens," said FAMU student, Ronnie Graham.

FAMU students who live less than a block away would walk to the convenience store. Now, they have to find other options.

"I don't have a car right now so it was very convenient for me to take a quick walk right there to the Walgreens and purchase something," Drinks said.

Residents said this area is known as a food desert, and the options for fresh groceries are limited.

"Places that don't have quick and easy access to fresh fruit and vegetables, so it just concerns me for the community I live in, especially the children. I guess I’m going to have to either go to the other side of town like I have to do for food," Graham said.

Walgreens said notice of the closure was given weeks in advance, and it's strictly a business decision. Customers who used that location for prescriptions can now find them at 414 S Magnolia Drive.

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