A Swanton retail mainstay will cease to exist after Tuesday following its sale to a national chain.
After about five years at its present location, Swanton Pharmacy at 151 E. Airport Hwy. permanently closes its doors Aug. 29. The store’s pharmacy files have been purchased by Rite Aid, and will be absorbed into the chain’s location at 105 W. Airport Hwy. The store’s pharmacy customers will be serviced by Rite Aid beginning Aug. 30.
“We have been working closely with Swanton Pharmacy to ensure it was a seamless transition for customers,” said Ashley Flower, Rite Aid spokesperson. “We are excited about welcoming our new customers to Rite Aid and introducing them to all we have to offer.”
Flower declined to discuss details of the sale, but said the company is meeting with Swanton Pharmacy employees interested in maintaining jobs.
Matt Mourad, a Swanton Pharmacy co-owner, said the pharmacy business was sold to Rite Aid about three weeks ago, and the retail business will cease. He said the owners will focus on their other stores, AllCare Pharmacy in Swanton and Lagrange Pharmacy in Toledo, which service long-term care patients.
“We’re leaving the retail store in Swanton. We went down from three stores to two stores,” Mourad said.
He said the transition for pharmacy customers to Rite Aid will be smooth. The same phone number will be used, and the Swanton Pharmacy pharmacist has been hired for the Rite Aid store. Other employees from Swanton Pharmacy also have been invited to join Rite Aid.
“They’re more than happy to take everybody,” Mourad said.
He said the store is closing to allow the owners more time with their families. They purchased Swanton Pharmacy in 2004. About five years ago, they moved it within the same plaza to a vacated Super Valu store and made renovations.
No plans have been decided for the Swanton Pharmacy building, “but we’re working hard to get somebody in it,” Mourad said. He added it likely won’t reopen as a pharmacy.
Mourad said he enjoyed the business in Swanton, and thanked customers for their support over the years.
“Swanton is a great place,” he said.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.
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