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Webster Pharmacy moving to Safeway

Submitted by on 1, May 27, 2009 – 5:50 am2 Comments

6For more than three decades, Ed Clark has run Webster Pharmacy at its longtime location on Webster Street. But starting June 4, he’ll be operating out of the Safeway store at Alameda Towne Centre.

“We’re going to be an independent pharmacy inside a grocery store,” Clark said.

When asked about the reason for the move, Clark opened his wallet and pulls out a photograph of two smiling, blue-eyed babies – his grandkids – who he’d like to spend more time with. “I’ll be working 40 hours a week instead of 80,” he said.

Clark took over the pharmacy, one of the last indies in town, in 1973. He said it has occupied the corner of Webster and Lincoln since the 1920s.

He said he looked for a buyer to keep the pharmacy at its current location for six months, but in an economy that’s been tough on small businesses, he wasn’t able to find one. So he’s taking over Safeway’s in-house pharmacy instead.

He said his pharmacy will have the same phone number, will take the same insurance, and will still offer free prescription delivery. And Clark will still be there, to let folks know where their prescriptions are.

But Clark said he’ll miss his Webster Street location, which is adorned with comfortable-looking chairs, celebrity photos and books (including two copies of “The Family of Man”).

“You’ll no longer be a western ender,” one of Clark’s customers, who he knew by name, told him Tuesday.

“I’ll always be a western ender,” Clark replied.

Oh, and I just remembered that a reader asked a few weeks ago what was going on with the Longs Drugs out on Bay Farm Island. I looked into it and it seems Longs is becoming CVS. Hope that helps!

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