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Super Pharmor opens

November 12, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

An old tenant at Hagerstown's South End shopping center has a new look and a new name.

The former Pharmhouse at the Maryland Avenue shopping plaza is now a Super PharMor store, a combination pharmacy and small grocery department.

"We try to be very competitive with grocery stores and pharmacies at the same time," said Hagerstown store Manager Mitch Masker. "The only thing we don't have is a butcher standing there cutting meats."

Masker said that although the name has changed, the store has not been sold or gone out of business since it opened as a Nichols Department store in 1984.

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In 1990 the department store downsized, stopped stocking clothing and focused on the discount pharmaceuticals business under the name Pharmhouse, he said.

Then in March 1999, Pharmhouse merged with PharMor, a corporation based in Youngstown, Ohio, with about 140 stores in states all along the East Coast and as far west as Colorado, Masker said. The next closest PharMor is in Winchester, Va., he said.

Around June the company began renovating the Hagerstown store.

It expanded the vitamin section and pharmacy, added a grocery department and dairy section, and moved the front entrance.

About three weeks ago the new name for the store was unveiled, Masker said.

The Hagerstown store is about 40,000 square feet and has 19 aisles of goods.

There are approximately 30 full- and part-time employees, about 12 more than before the renovations, Masker said.

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