Another downtown Gig Harbor retailer has shut down a long-standing business.
Gig Harbor Rexall at 3114 Judson St. has shut down its pharmacy and sold the prescription drug business to Walgreens in Gig Harbor North.
The store, which opened in 1927, is the second major downtown retailer to close down a business in the last month. The nearby QFC grocery store locked its doors at the end of February.
Rexall owner Ken Tallman told our sister paper, The Peninsula Gateway, that he’s keeping open part of the store selling gifts, cards and over-the-counter medications while he decides how to create a new business in the space vacated by the pharmacy.
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The Gig Harbor store’s change mirrors a national and local trend – local independent pharmacies closing down in the face of competition from chain stores and insurance-company-owned mail-order drugstores.
At the end of 2010, family-owned Fife Pharmacy and Gifts, in business since 1923, closed its doors and sold its pharmacy business to Safeway.