American retail company Walgreens will discontinue operations of two of its websites, and, in a bid to focus on

The closure of the websites five years after acquiring them for $429m shows how traditional retailers face challenges with online properties.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, served as a distributor of drugs, vitamins and beauty products.

“Expanding on these efforts is an important part of our strategy.”

Earlier this year, Walgreens also sold as part of the acquisition, reported The Wall Street Journal.

According to a company statement, the plan to close the two sites by the end of September will record pre-tax charges of nearly $115m.

The decision is part of Walgreens’ larger aim to save $1.5bn in annual costs by the end of the next fiscal year.

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The cost reduction plan will help the retail company restructure and invest for its future growth, in order to better serve its customers.

Walgreens said in a statement: “Over the past year, we have been focusing on building new omnichannel capabilities on with initiatives that improved assortment and website user experiences, enhanced our digital coupon capabilities to provide more customer value, and added digital tools into our stores to elevate our shopping experiences.

“Expanding on these efforts is an important part of our strategy.”

When was acquired by Walgreens in June 2011, it had more than more than 60,000 products catering to the needs of more than three million customers, cited Geek Wire.