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Preuss Pharmacy in downtown Menlo Park to close; business sold to Safeway

Original post made on Nov 12, 2009

Preuss Pharmacy, in business in downtown Menlo Park since 1947, will close Nov. 19, owner and chief pharmacist John Celedon announced Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 11:51 PM

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Nov 12, 2009 at 9:35 am

Isn't there a trend here? We see it locally in downtown Palo Alto as well. And, it's happening throughout the US. The entire dynamic and culture of retail is undergoing a transformation. It is illustrated charmingly in "You've Got Mail." But, in fact it's far from charming.

It's a dehumanizing and depersonalizing process. Franchising, brand-chains, and mega-stores all with reduced and underperforming floor staff. The very fact that computer based sales are filling the vacuum left by the closing of independent "mom & pop" retail indicates this rapid evolution. The steps from, say, Kepler's, to Barnes & Noble, to Amazon are illustrative of this trend.

I discuss this because there are forces at work that threaten to change the "look and feel" of our town, and this is just one element of that process. Some would argue that "change is good." Others say that change is the consequence of developers seeking profits at the expense of eroding the quality of life that people prefer, but have no control over.

In any case, the closing of this pharmacy is a loss for all of us, whether we have been customers there (I have) or not. One small step at a time, each an incremental change that many people would put a stop to if they could.

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Posted by Disappointed
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm

What will happen to the left over employees? Will they now burden the unemployment/welfare rolls?

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Posted by renter
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

It's the downtown rent.

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Posted by John and Becky
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Dear John and Family,

You will be missed! Thank you for all the community involvement and goodwill you extended to downtown Menlo Park and beyond.

We wish you and your family all the very Best.


John and Becky

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Posted by Kim Glenn
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

We are so sad to lose Preuss Pharmacy and will miss all the wonderful staff, especially John and his family. John has guided us in our health needs throughout our children's lives (now 22,20 and 18) and we always trust his sound advice, level head and terrific sense of humor.
We will happily switch prescriptions over to Safeway to be near John. All the best to his staff as well.

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Posted by Nancy Sanders
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm

One more notch in Obama's belt for "our" future. He told us there would be "change". He didn't tell us it would be at the expense and closure of small business. We will not recognize this country at the end of his term(s).

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Posted by dazzled
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I've seen some surreal posts on this forum, but Nancy Sanders's takes the prize. Obama is responsible for Preuss's closure? You kiddin' us? This leap is so fantastical it's dazzling. Someone pinch me.

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Posted by be-dazzled
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Maybe Nancy misses the old days when she could blame Mayor Jellins and the 'pro-development" city council for every change?

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Posted by Carol E. Kornfeld
a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Nov 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Sad news. Preuss Pharmacy has always been the epitome of quality and service. Independent pharmacists are getting more scarce, to the detriment of the customer.I will certainly miss this pharmacy and its employees and the Celadons.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

It's comments like those posted here that prompted me to adopt the name I use to post in this forum. Since when is it a bad thing for a small business to open, thrive, achieve market position and then sell the business to a larger business, thus providing the small business owners the ROI they worked so hard to earn. The owners of this business, I am sure, got a price for it that made them happy. You people act like they were held down and forced to turn over the deed to the ranch. Sorry, I'm not sad for the family, I'm happy for them.

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Posted by R. Shapero
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Nov 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Very sad news. The demise of the family business is an American tragedy. The likelihood that the owners "made out" is low. Most likely, they sold for a song to avoid bankruptcy. Obama laments the demise of the middle class. The death of family businesses is a key contributor. Why has this happened? It's because American's have chosen to patronize chains, pure and simple. The enemy is us.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Apparently despite the protestations of the commenters, most Americans prefer the low prices and shoddy service of chain stores. And that is their right. But it's always sad to see local merchants close down.

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Posted by Rochelle Celedon
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

Dear Preuss Patrons,

I am 'Mrs.' Dr. John Celedon, Rochelle, (The 'bossy' one behind the boss.) and I warmly want to thank you for your endearing comments about our decision to step away from our long-time family pharmacy. We have been blessed with a life which has included all of you, your children, and now your children's children.

Joining forces with Safeway allows John to do one the thing he loves and does the best...serving the community. This includes the advantage of continuing to give you the EXCEPTIONAL (I'm so unbiased, right?)guidance every family needs in this age of medicine. Your care will be undisturbed during this transition and John will still be at the other end of the line when you call. Thanks again for your treasured thoughts.


P.S. Guess where we're going to be shopping now!

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 14, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Sorry to hear. We have liked John and the family touch for years. Best luck to you John and family.

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Posted by Vicki Coe
a resident of Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
on Nov 15, 2009 at 8:14 am

There is rarely a week that goes by that I don't lament the loss of the Woodside Village Pharmacy, and its wonderful owners, Barb and Gary. Sorry to hear that Menlo Park residents are going to experience the same loss.
P.S. Gary sold to Safeway, worked there perhaps a year, and then decided "to retire".

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Posted by Chris Preimesberger
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Nov 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Hometown businesses continue to erode everywhere, and it's not the President's fault. It's ours. Buy at Target and Wal-mart, you save money but destroy local business. Buy local, you spend more but support neighbors. It's your choice.

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