They don’t make pharmacies like Goodrich Pharmacy anymore. And that’s a shame because Goodrich is going away. The pharmacy on 70th Street just West of Columbus Avenue is closing for good at the end of the month, and transferring its prescriptions to Duane Reade.
Goodrich has been around for 40 years. In a note to customers, owner Frank Cammarata (above) blamed the closure on low insurance reimbursements and high expenses. Cammarata was emotional about having to close up shop.
“I not only consider you my customers, but I now call you my friends,” he wrote in the note (pasted below).
The store still has an old-time charm, and some great little touches, like a scale that will tell you your weight for a nickel.
Customers said that Cammarata cared deeply about them, and would give them personalized service. He’d also let it slide if they couldn’t pay. That doesn’t happen everywhere.
“In the big chains, you either have the money or you get out,” customer Arnold Larkin said.
Check him out in the video we shot below:
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