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August 3, 2001

Bill's Pharmacy and Schnucks Find New Prescription for Success

CAPE GIRARDEAU - August Smirl, pharmacist and owner of Bill's Pharmacy, 60 Doctors Park, in Cape Girardeau, announced today that he has sold his family-owned business to Schnuck Markets, Inc. Schnucks, another family-owned business, has served Cape Girardeau area customers for nearly 25 years.

Smirl and his wife, Jill, plan to spend the weekend finalizing the close of their store. On Monday, Aug. 6, Bill's Pharmacy customers will find Smirl and his team ready and waiting to serve them at Schnucks. To facilitate the transition for his customers, all prescriptions are being transferred to the Schnucks store at 19 South Kingshighway, marking a new era for the pharmacy family.

The Smirl's business dates back to the 1960s, when Smirl's father, William "Bill," purchased what was then called the Tenkhoff Drug Store. He changed the name to reflect the new ownership and, over the next 40 years, built a reputation for quality and service excellence. "We have built a strong and loyal customer following of which we are proud," Smirl said.

Smirl personally knows Dennis Marchi, Schnucks store manager and community leader. "By joining with Dennis Marchi and his team, I will be able to continue practicing pharmacy, which I love, and my customers will continue to be served by a caring staff. As part of Schnucks, we can offer our customers a great location, extended hours, drive-through convenience and a wider variety of products," Smirl said.

Marchi said, "August Smirl and his staff are a great addition for Schnucks and our customers. Their professionalism and attention to customer service matches the commitment of our entire store team."

On Monday morning Smirl will be behind the pharmacy counter doing what he does best, "...just taking care of people."

The Schnucks pharmacy and drive-through window are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers with questions about prescriptions and records or those who simply want to wish Smirl well in his new venture are invited to stop by the Schnucks store at 19 South Kingshighway. They can also call the pharmacy direct at 573/334-9125. Bill's Pharmacy customers will soon receive a mailing with a reminder of the change.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 92 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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