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MacKenzie's Pharmacy, 80, to Become a CVS

The pharmacy closed this Friday at 5 p.m. and re-opens March 18 as CVS.

MacKenzie's Pharmacy is changing names after 80 years in business.

The owner, who declined to identify himself, also declined to discuss details of the change, but said he would be staying on and all customer files would transferred to CVS.

"I will still be here," he said. "We will still be here."

The owner urged all customers to pick up prescriptions before 5 p.m. Friday. Otherwise, they will have to be returned.

Several other mom-and-pop businesses are closing or have closed in Trumbull Center, for various reasons. France's Bakery, Trumbull Aquarium and Porricelli's have all shut down since last year, and a mailbox store moved across the street.

Some of the remaining local businesses include a Japanese and a Chinese restaurant, Sapore Deli, Aliette Monjoux (hair salon) and  Head Company Hair Wizards.

The shopping plaza also contains chain stores such as Bruegger's Bagels and Starbucks.

Meanwhile, Marie's Sandwich Shop, a neighbor of the pharmacy, closes sometime this week, after nearly 50 years in business.

Marie's owner of seven years, Kathleen Hallahan, said MacKenzie's "has been a great neighbor."

The nearest CVS stores to Trumbull are on East Main Street and Main Street, Bridgeport; Hawley Lane in Stratford, across from the Hawley Lane Mall; and in the Big Y Plaza on Route 111 in Monroe.

louis March 11, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Bye, bye Trumbull and bye bye to small local based business'. You know this was going to happen one day, no matter how well the hull of the boat is constructed, the water will ceap in eventually. So now you folks can start to bring restaurants to town, its no longer the quaint place it was 40 years ago. Want to know whom to blame, Trumbulites, blame the Town officials who allowed this to happen. Blame the people whom you give your vote to, every election, pro forma, without question. There must be a CVS per capita in this state for every 200 persons.
Trumbull Resident March 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I grew up in Trumbull and recently moved back to town after 14 years. I for one am happy with the new additions of restaurants, pharmacy's, and gyms. I hope we can continue to expand to add more services while driving down the taxes. Louis, I dont know you but I have seen comments you have made on this topic as well as others and I think you need to move out of town. You dont seem like a happy person. Peace!
Joan March 11, 2013 at 08:22 PM
This is a huge loss for Trumbull. Even with the same staff, it's hard to imagine that the new pharmacy, under the CVS umbrella, will have the freedom to provide us with the level of personalized service we had with MacKenzie's. MacKenzie's Pharmacy was a town treasure. Wishing Pat and all of the staff much luck with the new business arrangement. Louis is right--where are our town officials? I realize that Trumbull Center is privately owned, but we do have some highly paid people at town hall whose job it is to attract and retain businesses in town. Yet we've lost several just in the past few weeks.
Baffled Resident March 11, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I despise CVS(and Walgreens), but what exactly was "lost" here? The site will still be occupied by a taxpaying pharmacy. "Town officials" can't prevent corporations from buying out the independents. And, the owners of MacKenzie's are obviously being compensated by CVS. If you don't want to do business with CVS, go seek out another independent pharmacy. They still do exist.
Deborah Aplin March 11, 2013 at 08:43 PM
There is an Alan Jackson song called "The Little Man"...give it a listen. The politicians will do little to help. Look at Norwalk Center. Its a ghost town. They thought because they were saying no to Macy's and other department stores, they were preserving the downtown area. The only thing that happened is that people now go to the mall! www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBh-m1yTZS0
George Steinfeld March 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I feel really bad, not just about MacKenzie's, but about Porricellis, Francess Bakery and now Marie's which has been there so long I can't imagine Trumbull without it. I think its very sad we're losing so many places and not just places but staples of the community. Of coarse I will still go to CVS but there have been more businesses lost in Trumbull then any other neighboring town that I know of. I sincerely wish the good people of Marie's lots of luck. Wish we could all pull together and keep them open somehow.
raymond jaroszewski March 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Typical of what is happening to small buisness everywhere , markets , shops and tradesmen that could make a good living are being gobbled up by by big corperations that offer low paying jobs . The middle class is dying.
Joey March 12, 2013 at 05:07 AM
cant agree more Louis. Its sad.
Andrew Blum March 12, 2013 at 04:46 PM
The Walmartization of America has finally hit Trumbull MacKenzie's was a great Pharmacy CVS is fine retailer but there was something about that mom&pop store....... www.andrewblumct.com
Robert True March 19, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I for one am very sad that MacKenzie's is changing over. I worked there as a delivery driver and store personal back in the mid 80's for about 5 years during my late high school and early college years. My Mom also worked there for about 15 years. Still to this day it was a great place to work. The people there were great and the old owner Mike Lane was a truly great guy to work for. I had a lot of fun and cherish all the memories I had there.

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