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Walgreens is asking customers to no longer openly carry guns into its stores, the company announced Thursday.

Although Walgreens plans to close 200 of its stores across the United States, it is not yet clear whether the list of closing stores will include any locations in Gwinnett County.

Walgreens officials confirmed the plan to close stores this week as part of what company spokeswoman Alexandra Brown called a "transformational cost management program" designed to speed up an ongoing business transformation at Walgreens, increase efficiency and allow the company to make investments in key areas.

But the retailer is not yet saying which stores it will close — and it is not likely that a list will be released later on either.

"Given that these closures will represent less than 3 percent of our stores overall, and given that we have multiple locations in many markets, we anticipate minimal disruption to customers and patients," Brown said in an email. "We also anticipate being able to retain the majority of the impacted store team members in other nearby locations.

"We do not plan to make a full list of stores available."

Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of Walgreens, operates 9,560 drugstores across the U.S.

The company estimates on its website that 78 percent of Americans live within five miles of a location for one of the three drugstore brands, including Walgreens, that it operates.

Walgreens Boots Alliance also operates drugstores under the Rite Aid and Duane Reade names.

There are about two dozen Walgreens locations in Gwinnett County alone, according to the retailer's website. In all there are 315 stores across Georgia.

Brown said she did not have specific information about individual Walgreens locations. There are some details that the company will look at before making a decision on which stores it will close, however.

"We take a number of factors into consideration, including age of the store, population shifts in the area surrounding the store and the terms of the lease," Brown said. "Closures are not focused on any particular geographic area."

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