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February 18, 2014

Weber & Judd to revamp eatery into drug store

Weber & Judd will more than double in size when it moves its south Rochester pharmacy into a former restaurant.

Since it purchased it from Ruffalo Drug a number of years ago, Weber & Judd has owned a pharmacy inside the Olmsted Medical Center at 210 Ninth St. S.E. While it has been a good location for the Rochester-based drug store chain, a decision was made to move the pharmacy down the street to the corner of South Broadway into the former Azteca Mexican restaurant at 18 Ninth St. S.E.

"We've been listening to our customers, and we're expanding to better meet their needs," Weber & Judd General Manager Todd Fox said. "We're really excited about this location."

Renovation of the 2,000-square-foot building is slated to begin soon. Fox is shooting to have the former Pizza Hut turned Mexican restaurant transformed into a full-service, professional drug store by early spring.

02142014weberjuddaztecaThis spot will allow the pharmacy to expand its over-the-counter product lines as well as general beauty products and greeting cards. Fox said they hope to use the additional space to also spotlight regional products like Vanicream better. They also plan to add a diabetic center, blood pressure screening and a larger customer consultation area.

The new location will also allow them to offer easier access, curbside parking and longer hours than the current location.

"The other really cool thing about this location is that not only will it better serve our current customers, it will be convenient for any of our customers," says Fox. "This is a great opportunity."

While it will give the drug store a chance to provide new things, the more than 150-year-old Weber & Judd still will offer its traditional services, such as free home delivery. The plan is to highlight the company's long history in Rochester by decorating the store with old Weber & Judd photos.

Fox estimates that once the new location opens, it will be staffed with 12 or more employees.


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