Archive for Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Future of Round Corner Drug ‘up in the air,’ but it remains open for now

June 3, 2009

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The owner of Round Corner Pharmacy has been in discussions that could end his 27-year run in downtown Lawrence.

But Tom Wilcox is not ready to close up shop — or bring in a new owner — anytime soon.

“The business has been healthy and doing OK,” said Wilcox, who has owned the pharmacy and connected Cheese & Salami Shoppe at 801 Mass. since 1982. “There’s a time I will call it quits, but it ain’t today.”

Wilcox said that health problems had limited his time at the business. But Round Corner has endured, he said, with the support of a “dedicated pharmacy staff,” which is key to the store’s future.

“If I were to lose them for some reason or another, that would be different,” Wilcox said, “but for right now, I’m staying with what I’m doing.”

Wilcox declined to identify the party or parties that he had been negotiating with, but he did acknowledge that discussions had been ongoing for about nine months.

“We have not come to terms,” Wilcox said. “Right now it’s all up in the air.”

Wilcox owns the building at 801 Mass., which includes the pharmacy, the Cheese & Salami Shoppe and upstairs offices.

The Cheese & Salami Shoppe, which prepares and serves sandwiches at the back of Round Corner Drug, poses a logistical challenge for Wilcox.

He finds it difficult to manage those operations while filling prescriptions and tending to other duties up front.

“Right now we’re trying to do our best to see what works back there,” Wilcox said. “I’m not in the restaurant business. I’m in the pharmacy business.”

Comments

Mike Blur 6 years, 1 month ago

Please don't sell out to Compton or Fritzel. Can Magerl take over?

Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

Why is this news? Sounds like it ain't close to a done deal. Would be a shame to lose Tom. I think he is the only pharmacy left in town which delivers. Very convenient for elderly people. Their pills are delivered in a seven day pill box on a weekly basis.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 1 month ago

Tom really is the best.

the headline was tabloidish, exaggerated, inaccurate.

hang in there Tom. we really appreciate you.
A blind guy I know says Tom is very good with the medications, with this guy's particular needs.

janedough 6 years, 1 month ago

Tom was a bit rude when I used to go there. Anyway, Jayhawk Pharmacy delivers too and I beleive it is a free service. Hate to see any local business go down though.

kusp8 6 years, 1 month ago

I thought about coughing, but I didn't. Can the LJWorld report on that as well?

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