Fruth opens 27th store in Ironton, Ohio

New store, formerly independent, retains historic fixtures

IRONTON, Ohio — Fruth Pharmacy is opening its second store in the town of Ironton, Ohio, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

The store, the 27th in the Point Pleasant, W.Va.-based chain, was formerly Staley's Pharmacy, an independent drug store. Owner Jim Staley, considering retirement, sold the store to Fruth. All the store's employees, including Staley and his sister, were offered positions, and most stayed, Fruth said. The chain also recently opened its 26th store in Ironton.

"His primary concern was to make sure someone would continue to take care of his patients at the same level they had provided for the last 65 years, and what would happen to his employees," Fruth president and chairman Lynne Fruth said. "It was important that his family-owned business continue as a family-owned business."

Fruth added new paint, flooring and display shelves, as well as expanded selections of gifts and grocery items, but kept many of the original fixtures, including built-in display cabinetry and an old-fashioned indoor phone booth. The store's grand opening is scheduled for the week of April 29.

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