Drug (Store) Madness
And other west-side retail news
by Sally Mitani
The west side is bulging with pharmacies. A derelict Kentucky Fried Chicken went under the wrecking ball in January (along with adjacent Schlotsky's, vacant since 2003) to make room for a Walgreens. Walgreens will join RiteAid (Westgate), the Village Pharmacy II and Kmart pharmacy (both in Maple Village), the pharmacy at Kroger, and the CVS at Liberty and Stadium to make six drugstores within half a mile. It would have been seven, but Plum Market recently closed its pharmacy, which had included homeopathic remedies.
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Reopening Maple In-n-Out in the Maple-Miller Plaza was a feat. "It's hard to get money from the banks," says manager Frank Yaldo, a cousin of the owner Faiz Yaldo. The previous owners left a mess, says Frank, and it was a lot of work to clean it up and furnish it with the basic liquor store taxonomy: vodka, cigarettes, beer, pop, and sweet and salty snacks. The place still looks a little bare, and he says his cousin is trying to decide what to do with the back corner that is still plumbed and partially outfitted for some kind of food concession (it was once a Subway). Nevertheless, the neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief. "The mall looks a lot better with the anchor store on the corner. It creates more traffic, and it's good for the neighborhood," says the manager of Anthony's Pizza.
Maple In-n-Out, 1502 N. Maple (Maple-Miller Plaza). 222-1081. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. noon-8 p.m.
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[Originally published in March, 2010.]