By JOSHUA CRELLIN
DELMAR — Four Corners Pharmacy closed on Wednesday, Nov. 18, after 15 years in business. The privately owned pharmacy harkened back to bygone days before multi-million businesses cluttered towns and shopping malls.
“Paul [Pagnotta] and John [Croce] would like to give their sincere thanks to the Town of Bethlehem and the surrounding area for the support they have shown us over the past 15 years,” the two owners wrote in an advertisement that appeared in last week’s edition of The Spotlight. “It has been our honor to serve the community and it has been heartwarming to watch your families grow up with our business and families.
Croce and Pagnotta opened their doors for business in March 2005. It first started with four experienced pharmacists that were looking to provide the community with their health needs. They settled into the former Bank of America branch office so they could use what was once the drive-thru teller’s window.
The self-described “vintage pharmacists” are not yet set to retire from the business. Instead, they each said “it is time to support our profession in more active roles.”
Croce and Pagnotta will be continuing their careers in pharmacy. Croce will be working with a grassroots pharmacy organization called Community Pharmacy Enhanced Pharmacy Network. Pagnotta will manage the student operated pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Customers of Four Corners Pharmacy will be transferred down the street to the CVS Pharmacy at 260 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.
“The past 15 years have gone by in a blink of an eye,” Croce and Pagnotta wrote. “We have had many laughs and tears with both our staff and patients. We could not have asked for a better community to share our profession with.”