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A tale of two pharmacies

WILLSBORO As Kinney Drugs celebrated its grand opening in its new Elizabethtown store, the Willsboro pharmacy re-opened under new ownership. Kinney Drugs recently finished constructing a new facility in Elizabethtown, but closed its Willsboro location earlier in March. The Willsboro location was purchased by Adirondack Apothecaries and re-opened this week. New Elizabethtown store offers expanded services The new Kinney Drugs 11,550 square foot store in Elizabethtown has expanded its offerings, offering a broader selection of groceries, pet supplies, and full seasonal offerings as well as a digital photo kiosk. A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the new facility in Elizabethtown was held on March 31. Customers were offered free water and soda, special clinics, and prize drawings. Store manager April Sumner said the store was centrally located in the county, and would be able to serve the needs of surrounding communities. Its an important pierce to the health care puzzle, said Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew. The centrally located store will offer more amenities. All of the employees from the original Elizabethtown location transferred to staff the new facility, with four of the employees from Kinney Drugs Willsboro location making the move. Thirteen additional positions were created to staff the facility. Pharmacist Mike Morris said he loves his new surroundings, explaining there is more space to work, which helped smooth his work flow for greater efficiency. Additionally, there is a counseling area offering better privacy for consultation on medications. The Elizabethtown location fills about 200 prescriptions a day. The store also includes a drive-through window. The new store offers free prescription delivery, EZ Refill phone-in and online refill services and free Life Vials, a vial which contains important medical information in the event of an emergency. Rita Hartson of Keene, who was shopping during the stores grand opening, said she thought the store facility was the nicest in the North County. Its handy, said Hartson. They have almost everything you need. Return to home town pharmacy model in Willsboro Its been two years since there was an official Willsboro Pharmacy in Willsboro, but local residents welcomed its return. At the end of 2006, the Kinney Drugs announced plans to close its Willsboro location, leading to an outcry from the community. The store re-opened on March 28, becoming the fourth area pharmacy operated by Adirondack Apothecaries. We want to bring the hometown service back to Willsboro, said Rebecca Cole, co-owner of Adirondack Apothecaries. The store has a more open look, with wider aisles and no grocery. Cole said the business will focus on offering pharmacy, over the county products, health and beauty products, and gifts, since those were services the Willsboro area needed. A comfortable waiting area was also added. Cole said the store had been busy, with people stopping in to check what services the store was offering. The store retained two employees previously employed at the Willsboro Kinney Drugs location, and hired two more. Bill and Lois Thompson of Willsboro stopped in on opening day to see the new store. Theyve shopped in Willsboro for 30 years for their pharmacy needs, and both were satisfied to have the services remain. The reason I like it is because its close to home, said Bill Thompson. Pharmacist Jennifer Olcott said she was focusing on getting to know her customers, and would do whatever she could to help meet their needs. Were going to be doing health care, not a grocery, said Olcott.

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