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Drug Store News reports that “retail-based clinic operator The Little Clinic has stated for the first time that it is a wholly owned subsidiary of grocery chain Kroger.” The statement reflects an expansion of Kroger’s original position in 2008, when it made an unspecified but “significant” investment in the in-store medical clinic company.

At the same time, Drug Store News notes that “The Little Clinic confirmed that it has exited five markets -- Indianapolis, Houston, Toledo, Detroit and Richmond -- and closed five additional clinics in three markets, effective April 2. With these closings, Kroger and The Little Clinic stated that they are focusing on ‘strengthening the business model to better service the healthcare needs of customers in an affordable, convenient manner’.”
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