Publix to close all 40 Little Clinic in-store units

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets said Tuesday it is closing all 40 of its Little Clinics – in-store mini-clinics offering minor medical treatments – after five years in operation.

According to an item in the St. Petersburg Times, 10 of the 12 locations in the Tampa Bay area have closed, and the remainder will be closed on yet-to-be-determined dates.

The report said that private equity firm Solera Capital, which sold the rest of its Little Clinic network in other states to Kroger last year, is exploring its next step for Florida. Publix decided to terminate the leases to "focus on its core food and pharmacy" businesses.

"We have not decided how to use the space," Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten told the newspaper.

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