Mineville pharmacy owners retire

"We know this is a change," he said. "There will be an impact on customers, but both parties want it to be a positive impact."

The Moriah Pharmacy, located at 4315 Main St. in Port Henry, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It's hours mirror those at the Moriah Health Center.

Bowen noted the Moriah Pharmacy and Hudson Headwaters Network, which operates the Moriah Health Center, work as partners.

"We're all in this together in rural communities," he said. "Health centers and pharmacies have to work together."

Local, independent pharmacies are facing many challenges, such as low reimbursement rates from insurance companies and competition from mail-order firms. Bowen noted 67 local pharmacies have closed in New York State this year.

Bowen and his partners also own pharmacies in Schroon Lake and Willsboro.

The Corbos look forward to retirement, but they're also sad. As Carol typed a letter to customers notifying them of the change, she cried.

"This has been our life for the past 35 years," Bob said. "We'd even get calls on nights and weekends. People get sick on weekends and need help. I think they appreciated that we were there for them and we're glad we could do it."

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