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CVS Will Rebuild Locations Burned in Baltimore Protests

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(BALTIMORE) — CVS Health announced Wednesday that it intends to rebuild its locations in Baltimore that were burned during last week’s protests.

“As we watched the events unfold in Baltimore over the past week or so, our hearts turned from pain to the promise of what is ahead,” said CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo. “Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health. There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community.”

“It is simply the right thing to do,” Merlo added.

CVS/pharmacy has nearly 30 locations and over 500 employees in the Baltimore area. Two of those locations sustained heavy fire damage during the protests.

Protesters clashed with police and set fires in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a spinal injury while in police custody.

“We have a long history of serving inner city communities and we are 100 percent committed to serving our patients and customers in Baltimore,” Merlo said in a statement. “We can’t tell you today exactly when we will reopen, but we are working diligently to make it as soon as possible for the people of Baltimore.”

CVS will make a further donation of $100,000 to the United Way of Central Maryland’s “Maryland Unites Fund” and the Baltimore Community Foundation’s “Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.” Both funds will provide immediate and long-term support to heavily impacted communities.

“The focus must now return to doing what we do best in fulfilling the needs of daily life,” Merlo concluded, “food, medicine and pharmacy care.”

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