North Adams Last Independent Pharmacy Will Close
According to the Berkshire Eagle the city's last independent pharmacy will close.
Little's HSC Pharmacy has been sold to CVS Health Corp., owner David Woods confirmed to The Eagle on Friday.
The store will continue to fill prescriptions through Wednesday, its final day, after which customer information will be confidentially transferred to the CVS at the Big Y Shopping Center on Veterans Memorial Drive.
Woods owns Little's and Surgimed, a supplier of home medical products located in the same Eagle Street building, but they are separate companies.
With the closure of Little's, Surgimed will expand into Little's former space and "will offer all of the same services and products that we have been, along with adding some new products like residential ramps and Stair Glides," the company assured customers in a Facebook post.
Woods' father-in-law, John Little, opened the pharmacy in 1976. Woods bought it from Little over the course of several years beginning in 1995.
North Adams' only other independent pharmacy, Nassif's Pharmacy on Ashland Street, was sold to CVS in 2013, after more than a century in business.
The closure is the latest in an ongoing trend in the industry, which experts say has become increasingly consolidated as companies like CVS continue to proliferate. In 1984, there were 38 independent pharmacies open in the Berkshires, but they slowly faded away.