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CVS coming to a Target pharmacy near you

Posted June 22, 2015

Target announced this week that it is selling their in-store pharmacies to CVS in a $1.9 billion deal.

What does this mean for you? If you currently get your prescriptions filled at Target, you will soon be getting them filled at your Target store through the CVS pharmacy located in the store. You will also be able to earn CVS Extrabucks rewards when you fill your prescriptions at the CVS location inside your Target. For now, you can still use your Target REDcard for the 5% discount, but there is no word on whether that will continue.

Over 1,660 Target pharmacies will be re-branded as CVS/pharmacy and the nearly 80 Target clinic locations will become CVS Health MinuteClinic locations. New Target stores offering a pharmacy will include a CVS/pharmacy. The new deal allows CVS to expand more cost-effectively without having to build new free-standing locations. It also gives them a presence in areas where there is a Target store, but no CVS. The deal allows Target to focus on kids, baby, style, organic and healthy grocery products and other areas, according to the Target CEO, Brian Cornell.

What do you think? Will you be using the CVS/pharmacy in Target once the transition is complete?


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jun 22, 2015

    yensid4him - very good points you made. I also agree with RFB's comments about sick people in the grocery store with fresh foods. It really does not make sense to require contagious people to come into the store to get prescriptions. It would be very nice if they offered drive-thru's at more pharmacies.

    RFB - great point about the pen. Since you made that comment, I have been more diligent about getting out my own pen to sign credit card receipts and forms.

    jdouglas13 - thanks for the GoodRx app info!

  • yensid4him Jun 22, 2015

    I think RaleughFoodBlogger has a good point since I've been uncomfortable toting very sick kid(s) into Target (and sitting them in a shopping cart - thank goodness for antibacterial wipes to use before and AFTER!) just to pick up a prescription. But I can't leave them waiting in the car like I remember my mom doing with me outside of Ashworth's Drugs in downtown Cary when I had the chicken pox in the 80's. A drive-thru would be SOOO nice. I know Kroger on 64 in Apex has one of those and I don't see why more Target's aren't designed like that to include that luxury. It's an excellent point RFB makes though -- kids are too sick to go to school, but we go to Peds office, get a prescription, and then have to walk around Target for 10-40 minutes waiting on the script to be filled. Too sick for school... But not the grocery store! I also hope the Target Pharmacy Rewards program doesn't go away. Not to mention their innovative bottling system with easy to open containers and color-coded rings

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jun 16, 2015

    quemaster- didn't want to get you paranoid, but I do think that there are many things in the stores now that spread disease so much easier than when I was young :-) I was sick constantly when I worked in a medical clinic until I got smart and used my own pen. That helped more than you'd know :-)

    Jdouglas- I think you're right, and it will be as is. I've always been against having them in w/the standard grocery stores (CVS/Walgreens are different as there isn't fresh produce, etc.) It just isn't a good idea in my opinion. Last time I was in a HT I saw a customer get a Rx then go to the apples and cough all over the entire bin. I just don't see how those two fit together :-)

  • jdouglas13 Jun 16, 2015

    I may be missing something, but it sounds like the Target pharmacies are going to stay where they are and just slap a CVS label on them. I don't think it will be much different than it is now or than any other supermarket that has an in-store pharmacy with regard to the proximity of sick people and fresh food.

    If anyone needs to do some price comparisons between pharmacies, a phone app I used to use before we had insurance is GoodRx. It saved us quite a bit of money.

  • losltp Jun 16, 2015

    Sorry about the typo - I do "HOPE" this is helpful to some .

  • jeffyabbott699 Jun 16, 2015

    This is wonderful news folks!!

  • straitlover1965 Jun 16, 2015

    Yeah, I forgot to mention the drive thru in my other message. Sure wish the Target pharmacy at White Oak had a drive thru! Yesterday I had dental surgery and had 2 RX's to fill I had stopped at HT (North Raleigh, Falls & Durant) for a few things but couldn't get anything cold because I knew I'd have to leave it in the car waiting the 30 minutes for the RX's (my periodontist still does paper scripts). If they had a drive-thru, I could have dropped them off and gone to get something soft to eat (milkshake LOL) since I missed lunch.

  • quemaster Jun 16, 2015

    RaleighFoodBlogger: Thanks! You've got me totally paranoid now about pharmacies and food! Plus, I'll be only using my own pen! Seriously, these are good thoughts. I do NOT like pharmacies in big stores because I don't like hiking through the stores to get to them. AND the wait is usually longer to pay/get my scripts. I prefer a drive thru. My FL store has a drive thru which is great.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jun 16, 2015

    I'm torn. On one hand, I'm thinking this might be more convenient as we HAVE to get all our prescriptions from CVS now w/my DH's insurance. But, what REALLY bothers me is bringing sick people into the store where fresh food is... and you know they'll be doing shopping while they're there and spreading even more germs. I worked in the medical field for years, and IMO I think pharmacies need to be separated (other buildings, separated) from where the lettuce and other produce is housed open air.

    And while you're at it, bring your own pen to sign things... or at least find the antibacterial gel (which has its own problems, but I won't get into that).

  • straitlover1965 Jun 16, 2015

    Wonder if you will still be able to pay for non-pharmacy stuff at the pharmacy register?

    I stopped using CVS when I ahd problems at the 40/42 location. I will have to think if I want to stick w/ Target/CVs or not. I like Medicap over at 40/42, but I can't always get there before they close, so that's why I switched to Target. Plus the traffic at 40/42 is horrid. I avoid that area unless I absolutely have to go.