By FRANCA LEWIS
WILLIAMSPORT - Eakle's Drug Store, a local tradition for decades in Williamsport, became part of the Revco chain on Monday.
Three other Eakle's Drug Stores on Dual Highway, Virginia Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown have closed permanently, said former owner Leon Catlett, 54, of Fairplay.
The six pharmacists employed by Eakle's are now working for the chain. Clerks also have been retained.
The Virginia Avenue location will remain an outlet for the U.S. Post Office, he said.
Eakle's on Burhans Boulevard will continue operations for institutional medical services but will not be open to the public, he said.
Revco announced the business deal, saying prescription records from the closed pharmacies will be transferred to other Revcos.
Catlett was reluctant to talk about the deal, which ends his 30 years with Eakle's. The local pharmacy chain started with one store on Pennsylvania Avenue and grew to five stores. He said he began working for Eakle's fresh out of pharmacy school.