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Foodland drug store moving final meds

Gift shop stays and pharmacy transfers to Wal-Mart

Posted: June 29, 2012 - 12:10am  |  Updated: June 29, 2012 - 10:09am

Today is the last day customers of Foodland Superdrug can pick up prescriptions at the Willoughby location. Super Drug Pharmacist William Whitehead took the final prescription requests Wednesday and today fills the final pharmaceutical requests.

Whitehead has transferred his prescriptions to the Wal-Mart Pharmacy on Glacier Highway. Super Drug customers can now fill prescriptions there.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. Foodland Super Drug, Inc. will close. Two weeks later the store Just Super! opens.

Deborah Pusich, co-owner of Willoughby’s drug and gift store said her gift store opens July 14 with a new look and new merchandise.

Pusich said she shopped around for new items.

“We ordered everything that we’ve been missing,” Pusich said. “We’ll just roll out all new stuff for a while.”

Pusich and co-owner William Whitehead have a shared family and business history.

Foodland Super Drug, Inc. began in 1984. Ownership transferred from the trio of William Whitehead and Nellie Pusich and Larry Pusich to a 50/50 split between Deborah Pusich and Whitehead. This ends three decades of a combined family business.

The pharmacy’s split from the gift store was “very amicable,” Pusich said. “Everybody is really excited because the gift store is staying in place. Whitehead had a great opportunity, Pusich said “and I get to keep doing what I was doing, so that is great,” Pusich said.

Whitehead was not available for comment.

Pusich said she was concerned about the future of Alaskan and Proud grocery. The grocery is expected to close in September (goo.gl/oWfc3). A new grocer, a new potential draw for customers to Willoughby, has yet to be announced.

Pusich she said she knows she’ll stay open at least through the holidays.

Alaskan and Proud and Super Drug lease space in the Foodland Center, owned by Gary Rosenberger and his family. Williams Inc, based out of Ketchikan, owns Alaskan and Proud.

Pusich has advice for those who want to keep shops in their area.

“Shop local if you want a store,” Pusich said. “We don’t get rich anymore,” she said of shop owners, “but we don’t want to pay our own rent.”

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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