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Neighborhood pharmacy becomes part of chain
22-May-2008: Gordon Hanks has driven to the neighborhood pharmacy at 4610 S. Holladay Blvd., donned a white smock and dispensed prescriptions there almost every day for 42 years.
Last week, he shut the doors of the Holladay Pharmacy for the last time as its owner.
On Monday, it reopened as Walgreens - albeit with the bold, red Holladay Pharmacy name intact.
"This is the only place I've ever worked. . . . It's very, very emotional," said Hanks, who has owned the store since 1978. "I'm going to very much miss the personal relationships." The 64-year-old - after four decades of 70-hour weeks - will retire. He will stay at the new store for six weeks to ease the transition.
Hanks, third in a line of independent pharmacists to own the drugstore since its 1935 opening, has given medicine to three generations of families and watched his own four daughters grow up in the store. Two of them still work there as pharmacy technicians.
"All of the employees, we're like a great big family," said daughter Amanda Lufkin. "It will be hard [without her dad]. But I'm happy. I'd like to see him be able to spend time with his grandkids and my mom."
Hanks' deal with Walgreens also includes the east-side city's other independent drugstore, the 50-year-old Olympus Pharmacy.
The latter will close at month's end, and owner Kerry Brown will begin filling prescriptions at the remade Holladay Pharmacy, which is keeping its staff, including pharmacist Dave Abrams.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune