As part of a nationwide downsizing, Walgreens Pharmacy is closing its location in East Alton on West St. Louis Avenue.  The decision came from the corporate office earlier this week, and about 20 employees will either be moved to another Walgreens store or will have to find a new job.

East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood tells The Big Z it caught him by surprise. 

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Silkwood says he hopes to talk to officials with the Walgreen's company to find out what their plan is for the building, and if possible try to find a new tenant.  Local Walgreens management declined an offer to comment for this story.

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