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Kilmichael pharmacy to close doors
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer and Ruth Jensen
Feb 20, 2014 | 167 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KILMICHAEL -- After more than a half a century in operation, Kilmichael's drug store -- Fred's Pharmacy, once Kilmichael Drugs -- will shut its doors for operation.

The news spread last week, when store manager Kenny Robinson, informed employees and customers that Kilmichael's lone pharmacy will close after over 50 years of operation.

Robinson and his three employees - Nakita Sanders, Mimi Carpenter and Ruby Greenlee - will close their door at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Robinson said the news of the closing has everyone upset, including those within the community.

"The public is upset," Robinson said. "I'm just sick. I've been here for over 30 years, and it really hurts. We're having to move on."

Customers have poured into the store to fill prescriptions, and Robinson said some of their loyal patrons have even showed strong emotion towards the closing.

"Yeah, we've seen tears," he said. "Customers have come into the store very upset about the closing."

Two years ago, Fred's Pharmacy bought Kilmichael Drugs following the retirement of Bobby Howell, the longtime Kilmichael pharmacist. Since the acquisition, Robinson has operated the pharmacy. Robinson said this week a Fred's representative will come to Kilmichael on specification about inventory and other things.

"Right now, we're just filling prescriptions and just being normal," Robinson said. "We'll know more later this week."

Kilmichael Mayor Ryan Wood expressed frustration at the store's closing.

"That's going to hurt bad," Wood said. "The pharmacy is something that this town desperately needs."

Kilmichael Police Chief David Eldridge said the closing is a blow that will be felt around the town and the surrounding areas such as Stewart and French Camp.

"This bothers me," Eldridge said. "The town doesn't need this. A lot of people depend on that drug store."
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