After 51 Years, Manhattan Drug Store Is Closing

by Gina Bourdage

After 51 years in their Normandy Park location, Manhattan Drug Store, the neighborhood drug store with “Big city selection and small town service” will soon be writing its last prescription, closing shop and taking their business in a different direction.

“We are very proud to have been entrusted with not only the filling of your prescriptions, but also with giving you advice and counseling in all matters pertaining to your pharmaceutical care. You have made us feel like family,” says a letter from the Herbert family.

While John Herbert Jr. says the change is not recession-related, he hopes to see everyone at the new location in Safeway (on SW 148th Street).

“I will be going to work at the Burien Safeway Pharmacy to help with the transition, which should go very smoothly. Our phone lines and prescription files will be transferred there at the close of business on May 7th,” Herbert said.

The current inventory of the general drug store is now available at discounted prices and fixtures will be sold after the store closes in about two months.

Manhattan Drugs, located at 17833 1st Ave South, is one of the last non-chain drugstore locations in the area.

It is not known if another business is moving into the location.

Here are some comments we found via Google Maps on this store:

Manhattan Pharmacy is your small town type drug store of days gone by. It is a quaint store which a myriad of miscellaneous items so if you can’t find what you are looking for elsewhere try Manhattan Pharmacy. They also have a first-class pharmacy and a small liquor store outlet. It is a great place to just browse. I would certainly recommend a visit to Manhattan Pharmacy — you might like it.

Manhattan Drug Store has been around for years. In addition to having a pharmacy, they offer a wide variety of items for sale, including food products, gift items, etc. Recently I needed some small regional gifts to give to some foreign visitors. I found a wide vairety of candies made in Washington–just what I was looking for–at a reasonable price.

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