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Kerr Drug making some changes and winning some awards

Posted May 14, 2010 7:43 p.m. EDT

So I went to transfer my monthly prescription to Kerr Drug on Lake Wheeler Road today and was surprised to find out that the store had closed 2 weeks ago! The phone number for that Kerr Drug location worked but connected me to the Walgreen's on Tryon and Walnut. They have bought out all the prescriptions from the Kerr Drug on Lake Wheeler Road so if you have a prescription with them, it's now at Walgreens on Tryon and Walnut.

The folks at Walgreen's were very nice and when I asked if I could still use my $25 Kerr Drug prescription transfer coupon, they presented me with a $25 Walgreens check that can be used in any Walgreens. The check needs to be used all at once so I will wait until I am ready to do a big shop to use it. It expires at the end of the month so I will certainly be using it before then. Hello free TP and paper towels and lots of Register Reward deals! LOL

Once I realized that the Kerr Drug store had closed, I called Kerr Drug corporate and chatted with Diane Eliezer, Marketing Director. She assured me that they were just making a few changes to stores around the state but that they were doing fine as a company.  They still have 90 stores in business and the other stores in Raleigh are open for business as usual. She also shared that they are currently testing a new mobile program for smartphones at the Wakefield location . They will be rolling it out to 4 more Raleigh stores in the next few weeks.

Kerr Drug actually just won 2 awards in the pharmacy business. They were named 2010 Chain of the Year by Drug Topics, an industry journal. In addition, they retained the title as the top pharmacy chain in Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care's MTM Network. They have been named the top pharmacy chain for 3 consecutive years.

If you had a prescription at the Kerr Drug on Lake Wheeler Road, be aware that it is no longer there and you will want to check with the Walgreen's at Tryon and Walnut in Cary. Your prescription lives there now.