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Keaveny Drug to close in Clara City

CLARA CITY - Just as Clara City launches an initiative to revitalize its commercial district, it learns of a new challenge.

Keaveny Korner Drug of Clara City will be closing its doors for a final time Aug. 1, owners Deborah and Kelly Keaveny announced in a letter sent to customers earlier this month.

The downtown pharmacy had been closed for nearly two years as a result of a decision made by majority-owner partners with the Keavenys. When the partnership ended, the Keavenys reopened the Clara City store with high hopes it would be successful, according to Deborah Keaveny.

"Unfortunately, we captured less than half of the number of prescriptions we needed to be able to support the pharmacy business,'' the Keavenys stated in their letter.

"We put a significant amount of financial resources into reopening it,'' Deborah Keaveny told the Tribune.

The number of prescriptions filled at the store could not justify the cost of maintaining a pharmacist, she explained.

Another factor cited for the decision by the Keavenys is their belief that the Clara City nursing home had no plans to allow the local store to fill prescriptions for it.

Keaveny said it was a difficult decision to close the store, and expressed her disappointment. She said the store will be emptied of its contents after the closing and the building placed for sale.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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