Contact: Lori O. Willis
Director of Communications
April 11, 2003
Schnucks Sentry Drug to Open Inside Rockton Avenue Logli
ST. LOUIS - Beginning Monday, April 14, Logli customers at 3150 North Rockton Ave. in Rockford, Ill. will be able to have prescriptions filled while they shop.
The Schnucks Sentry Drug Store, currently located at 3118 N. Rockton Ave., will be relocated inside the Logli Supermarket, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations. Curtis Hartin, Schnucks director of pharmacy, says the transition plan calls for very little interruption in service. He explained, "The Sentry Drug will close at
4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 and reopen as Schnucks Pharmacy at 9 a.m. on Monday,
April 14. We will have all customer files transferred by the time of the move."
According to Hartin, the in-store pharmacy was the one convenience lacking in the otherwise full-service store. "We believe that customers will enjoy the one-stop shopping opportunity that will come with the move. Shoppers now will be able to cross two items off their list while only making one trip," said Hartin.
Logli Store Manger Paul Wallace said, "We will transfer the entire Schnucks Sentry Drug pharmacy staff. Our customers will see all the same friendly faces, and they can count on the same high levels of service they have come to expect from Schnucks and Logli."
Pharmacist Dave Hawk will officially welcome new and returning customers with a series of "open house" celebrations. April 14 - 17 complimentary cake and coffee will be served at the new pharmacy inside the Logli store from noon to 2 p.m.
The new pharmacy hours will be 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.
Adding to customer convenience, a pharmacy drive-through will be completed later this spring and will allow customers to have their prescriptions filled without ever leaving their cars. The drive-through will observe pharmacy hours.
Customers will notice other improvements for the Rockton Centre Logli, which is undergoing its first major remodel since being acquired by Schnucks five years ago. The store is being expanded from 60,000 to 67,000 square feet. The new space will include a redesigned storefront and entrance hall.
The surrounding shopping center will also receive a facelift with new storefront canopies and parking lot lighting. The lot is scheduled for repaving in May when weather conditions are more favorable. The total store and center remodel will be completed in early summer.
Logli is a division of Schnuck Markets, Inc. of St. Louis, Mo. The Rockton Centre Logli was built in 1962. Schnucks acquired the store in 1998, along with two other Rockford area stores. Since purchasing the Logli stores in Illinois, Schnucks opened the Loves Park and Rockford Plaza stores and purchased Sentry Drug. In 2002, the company opened a store in neighboring Janesville, Wis.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 100 stores and 92 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. This includes five Logli Supermarkets. Schnucks, a family-owned company founded in 1939, is currently ranked 83rd in Forbes Magazine's list of the nation's "Top 500 Private Companies."
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As a young man, Dave Hawk just wanted to earn a little pocket change. "I was pumping sodas at Nihan and Martin's when a pharmacist there talked me into going into pharmacy." Nearly forty years later, Hawk finds himself still striking up conversations with customers from behind his pharmacy counter at Schnucks Sentry Drug.
Dave studied pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went to work for Sentry Drug in 1966, just five years after it opened. He and co-worker, Joe Corsolini, bought the business in 1976. Both longtime Rockford residents, the two friends operated the pharmacy for 24 years before selling it to Schnucks in 2000.
Joe recently retired, but Dave has stayed on to see the store through another milestone -- its planned move inside the Logli supermarket where it will be called Schnucks Pharmacy. Dave is excited about the opportunity to offer a full compliment of services to his customers, including a new drive-through pharmacy window that will open in May.
"Today, everything is bigger! There is no way you are going to see the little corner drug store or grocery store, it's all big -- to match our customers' growing needs." He added, "Our store (Sentry Drug) survived only because Joe and I stuck our necks out and kept growing. By the time we sold, we had expanded to 40 employees."
The two also cultivated hundreds of loyal customers who continue to look to Dave for friendship and guidance. "I just love the public. When you wait on the same customers for many years, you get to know them on a personal basis, and you are able to help them with pharmaceutical and drug store needs."
Dave's son, now a pharmacist at Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, watched his father with interest over the years. "I think he saw how much I enjoyed working with people and the confidence that customers developed in me." Dave said, most importantly, he wanted to show his son there were many levels in his career. He explained, "You see, being a pharmacist is not just about filling prescriptions; it's also about taking care of people. That's where the joy comes in."
Dave is married to Elizabeth. They have two children and reside in Rockford.
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