Not all chain stores are unwelcome in Menlo Park. The planned arrival of a new pharmacy has been greeted with less outrage than Beverages & More's desire to open a local store, even though Pharmaca Integrative also appears to be a chain retailer.
The 4,700-square-foot Menlo Park store will be the 23rd pharmacy for its Colorado-based parent company. It will replace the Xanadu Gallery at 871 Santa Cruz Ave., which shut down in October 2009.
Pharmaca spokesperson Elexis Mariash said the store should open in early November. The company hosted a job fair last week in Palo Alto and 30 people attended, she said. The company plans to hire eight licensed practitioners to work in its newest store, which will offer conventional and alternative health care.