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Mayo Clinic Store at hospital to close at the end of January

By Jeff Kiger

jkiger@postbulletin.com

The Mayo Clinic Store at Saint Marys Hospital is closing at the end of January, four years after it opened.

"When we look at operations like this, we look at a variety of factors. Are the patient services available elsewhere? In this case, yes, at the Mayo Clinic Store in the Marriott subway and through our mail order catalog," said Harlan Langstraat, vice chairman of the medical products division of Mayo Clinic Health Solutions. "Then we look at financial results and competing space needs."

The store, in the main concourse of the Mary Brigh building, next to the pharmacy, is open only limited hours this month and will close Jan. 28. It sells medical supplies and related products, such as glucose meters, heart monitors and Mayo Clinic books.

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The store had three full-time employees and one half-time staffer working there. They will be transferred to other Mayo jobs, Langstraat said.

Sixteen people work at the two other Mayo retail stores in Rochester — the Marriott Mayo store and a sleep apnea specialty shop in the Siebens Building subway. Five people work for the mail order medical supply service.

What will be done with the 1,300 square feet of space where the store is now?

"Who will use it has not been determined. There is lots of competition for the space," Langstraat said. It won’t be used to expand the neighboring pharmacy, he said.

Mayo’s entrance into the catalog/online retail business seems to be flourishing. It launched that operation in March.

"We’re very happy with that business," Langstraat said.

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