Don’t Piss Off the Locals

So, the Rite Aid pharmacy is doing great business because locals are still pissed off at Walgreens–and so is the Paper Clip because there is an unofficial boycott of the business by some full-time residents.


First because of the mass slaughter of a large number of trees that were standing where the parking lot now exists.

Then, the pricing is much higher than locals expected.

Rite-Aid has a special card service to help those without insurance to get better pricing and the staff is pretty friendly so locals are flocking over to the place.

Many people loyally followed Rich Lambert from Big Bear Pharmacy over to the new establishment. What they didn’t expect was the corporate model instead of the relationship (and price discounted) driven business they were used to.

Personally, I thought it was a bad idea to allow another big chain into the valley–besides we have a bunch of other pharmacies already.

Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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7 Responses to “Don’t Piss Off the Locals

  • 1
    part time larry
    October 2nd, 2008 07:24

    We live down the street (weekenders) in Lower Moonridge, and we were pretty surprised when they allowed this to go in. I mean, how many “drug stores” do we need? We try to follow a pretty strict “shop local” rule when we are up, and it is sad that the corporations seem to be buying their way in. If there is one lesson here, it could be that service and personalization can beat the big box stores.

  • 2
    October 2nd, 2008 13:52

    An interesting point you make about Walgreen’s and one I have some agreement with. I would point out, it is my understanding that Walgreen’s only leases the property and building. The size of which is dictated by city ordinance.
    The tree removal was indeed a fiasco, but again, I am not sure that “Walgreen’s” is the guilty party.
    It should be noted when Walgreen’s opened, we still only had 4 drug stores, the same as always.
    I do miss the warmth and fuzzy feeling that I received at the Big Bear Phcy. but remember, the owner of the property has the right, to do as he sees fit, as long as it meets all of the rules.

  • 3
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 3rd, 2008 07:49

    I wrote about the ownership and lease recently. Walgreens was slated to go in from the get go which may have sparked the project–speculation on my part.

    Rich is getting much needed health insurance as long as he sticks in the job for a certain amount of time.

    Here is the link to the original post with ownership and rental details.

  • 4
    October 25th, 2008 07:15

    I think most of our houses had trees removed, so we could build our houses.
    That triangle had been a mess for years.
    All the complaining and I never saw it cleaned up.
    Looks clean now.

  • 5
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 26th, 2008 09:03

    Right, just pave over the whole valley and increase development so the mountain town can become just like any other city.

  • 6
    October 27th, 2008 19:54

    So, people need to do something. All these old buildings are just going to fall over.

  • 7
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 28th, 2008 10:49

    I don’t know if you commented on the right post but regarding old buildings it has more to do with code enforcement because it is private property. Very strange to have industrial buildings, a school, and vacant buildings on the main drag of a resort town.