Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pharmacy moving into historic site

Main Street business set to open on Oct. 1

Express Staff Writer

The historic Main Street building in Hailey that used to house the North and Co. clothing store is being remodeled into a pharmacy. Photo by David N. Seelig

A historic building in Hailey will soon be home to Luke's Pharmacy, a business that could restore some old-town feel to Main Street.

The pharmacy will take the location of the former North and Co. clothing store, which closed last year.

Proprietor Luke Snell graduated from pharmacy school at Idaho State University in May 2009, the same year that his father, Ed, bought out Karen's Family Pharmacy next to Blaine Manor in Hailey.

The father and son, who are from Pocatello, worked side by side until this year when Luke bought out his father, and made plans to move the operation to the historic Wertheimer Building at 100 S. Main St.

"The valley has been awesome to us. It's a pretty cool place," Luke Snell said in an interview. "We hope the pharmacy will create a spark in downtown."

The Wertheimer Building was the site of Hailey's first courthouse about 120 years ago. The jail was in the basement. Hailey's old drug store operated for many years just south of Snell's new location on Main Street.

That building was bought by actress Demi Moore many years ago and after a recent remodel became home to McClain's pizzeria.

Luke's Pharmacy is scheduled to open for business on Oct 1.

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