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Smith's Drug closes after 50 years

September 29, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro drug store in business for about 50 years closed Wednesday, sending customers and records to the nearby Eckerd Pharmacy.

Smith's Drug opened at 98 W. Main St., in the Wayne Building, around 1956, then moved to the North Welty Road site around 1990.

Brockie Health Care of York, Pa., has sold the business to Eckerd Pharmacy. It is, however, looking to open a private, institutional pharmacy in Williamsport, said John Gillespie, vice president of operations.

Gillespie said Eckerd Pharmacy in the Wayne Heights Mall plans to offer the delivery service that had been made available to Smith's Drug customers.

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"There are people who can't get out," Gillespie said.

That delivery service and credit accounts were what set Smith's Drugs apart from other stores, he said.

"Even when we took it over, we tried to keep that local flavor," Gillespie said.

In addition to prescriptions, the store offered over-the-counter medications and home health products to customers. It generally employed about nine people, who on Thursday were clearing out the store and being interviewed by Eckerd Pharmacy.

Brockie Health Care purchased the business from Sanford A. Smith, son of original owner Sanford D. Smith, around 1990. The elder Smith's home was listed as 68 E. Main St. in a 1950s city directory on file at the Waynesboro Historical Society.

Past city directories also show the 98 W. Main St. location was a Blavis Drug Store in the late 1940s before converting to Smith's Drug. The site, at the intersection of Potomac and Main streets, now is Dtrick Davis' Urban Apparels.

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