The opticians in Parliament Street in the city centre have closed, with the nearest store now being the main branch in Coney Street, according to a sign in the store’s window. The closure of various Boots branches in York is part of a nationwide programme affecting 300 stores, reducing their total number from 2,200 to 1,900. The US owners of the brand, Walgreens Boots Alliance, announced the closures as part of efforts to optimize locations and opening hours. The future of Boots Coney Street is uncertain due to a major regeneration project, with the building earmarked for demolition. However, the brand remains committed to a presence in the centre of York and is reviewing alternative options as their lease on the Coney Street store is due to end later this year.
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