SHOREVIEW, Minn. — The total number of retail convenient care clinics declined for the first time in June, falling by 12 from 981 to 969, according to Tom Charmond, chief executive officer, Merchants Medicine, a research and consulting company, which publishes the “Merchant Medical News” newsletter. While some operators like Walgreens’ Take Care and the Little Clinic, owned in part by Kroger, increased their numbers, closings noted by Merchants Medicine were SmartCare, which operated 15 ...

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