The local Pharm drugstore has been sold and will close by month's end, corporate officials said.
Owner Spartan Stores of Grand Rapids, Mich., has agreed to sell script files from the Perkins Avenue store to Rite Aid Corp. for an undisclosed price. The last day of operation will be Aug. 30. The pharmacy section will close Aug. 13.
The store is the last remaining in the Pharm drugstore chain. Rite Aid bought the assets of 12 others in and around Toledo earlier this year, said Jeanne Norcross, Spartan vice president of corporate affairs. The companies continued negotiating to reach a deal for the Sandusky store.
The store will operate during regular hours until Spartan transfers the pharmacy scripts to the new owner.
Rite Aid is buying only the store's script files and inventory, company spokeswoman Ashley Flower said. The future of the building has not been determined.
Shopper Lauren Butler of Sandusky was surprised to hear the store is closing.
"It's not what I expected," she said. I come here because the prices are cheaper."
Sandy Yandell is a regular customer who shops there when Cedar Point traffic prevents her from reaching the grocery store.
"I think it's awful. This is my regular store. The prices and people are great," she lamented. "That's really sad."