Jefferson Avenue pharmacy busy filling prescriptions after Walgreens closed
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – It’s been three weeks now since Walgreens closed on Thurston Road in Rochester. It was one of the few remaining pharmacies in the area, and already the community is feeling the effects of its departure.
But it’s not all bad news. News10NBC talked to a pharmacist who is actually getting a lot of new customers.
No one in the neighborhood was happy to see Walgreens close, but customers also wasted no time looking for a pharmacy where they can continue to get their prescriptions.
About a mile from the former site of where Walgreens stood on Thurston Road, is Warren’s Pharmacy on Jefferson Avenue. Owner Mohammad Chhipa tells us he’s been busy since Walgreens closed their doors, on the 7th of November.
Chhipa has been operating his pharmacy for 38 years now, and says he’s seeing some former customers come back to him after they originally switched to Walgreens, when the store first moved into the neighborhood.
He calls the immediate growth of his business a blessing.
“I’m getting a lot of phone calls. A lot of people have transferred their prescriptions. A lot of people are coming up here that transferred to me, and they’re very happy because again, I’m in walking distance,” said Chhipa.
More of our coverage:
- City looking to fill Thurston Road Walgreens vacancy with another business (Nov. 29)
- Customers worry about where they’ll get their meds as Walgreens on Thurston Road closes (Nov. 7)
- Two state lawmakers send letter to Walgreens CEO after Thurston Road pharmacy closes (Oct. 27)