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January 18, 2010

New drug store + Byron

Here's some from a piece by Gretta Becay about the drug store that is moving into empty storefront in the Byron Market Place commercial center.

That spot was left vacant after the Weber & Judd drug store closed recently.

The new retailer moving in is Sterling Drug, an Austin, Minn. icon that has grown into a regional chain over the years.

On Friday, Tim Gallagher, vice president of pharmacy operations for Astrup Drug Inc. of Austin, and Randy Fogelson, owner of the Byron Market Place, signed a lease for the pharmacy to occupy space in the building.The Byron pharmacy will be the 14th store under the Astrup Drug corporate umbrella.

Gallagher said the new Byron store will offer free delivery and delivery by mail for prescription drugs.

Gallagher said the Byron location would employ at least two people full time.

Weber & Judd  closed in November.

Ann Hammond, a rural Olmsted County resident, had a prescription at that pharmacy. Since it closed, she’s been looking forward to the new pharmacy opening, she said.


“I was sad to hear that they were closing because it was very convenient for me. I do plan on using the new pharmacy when it opens,” she said.

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Welcome newbees! I hope the new folks in the Byron Drug Store have the business sense to have Saturday hours....

Unlike W & J.

Not sure if being closed on Saturdays was dumb or arrogant or both!

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