For the past few days, I had heard rumors that Clinton Apothecary at 420 Clinton Street at the corner of President Street was closing after decades in the neighborhood.
Sadly, the closing has been confirmed. Yesterday was its last day.
Reader Sean V. sent me the following message:
"We learned today that Clinton Apothecary is closing, with their customers prescriptions being transferred to Rite Aid. The combination of the landlord raising the rent and people in the neighborhood not patronizing the store made it impossible for them to keep their doors open. They were truly wonderful to deal with, always accommodating, always pleasant, remembering our names and going out of their way. It's a huge loss to the community. "
Reader Nancy H. stopped by last night and reports:
"I just stopped by the Apothecary and unfortunately the story is true. They said that their lease was up and the landlord wanted to raise their rent from 8K to 10K per month, so they decided to go and today is their last day. They sold the business to the Rite Aid up on Smith and President, so anyone with prescriptions will have them transferred up there. Two of the pharmacists, Nick and another one whose name I don't know are also going to work at Rite Aid.
I am really sad about this. I think a lot of people are."
According to another reader, Clinton Apothecary had been in business at that location for the past 80 years. The closing means that there are no more independently owned pharmacies in Carroll Gardens. (Who remembers Renaissance Pharmacy on Court Street?)
This is very sad news indeed.