Comings & Goings: Garfield Pharmacy continues neighborhood tradition
Jawad Hamdan, who opened the Garfield Pharmacy last month in
Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, is proud to be continuing a neighborhood
“I wanted to maintain an independent pharmacy in the area,”
Garfield Pharmacy, 6456 W. Archer Ave., is now the fifth
pharmacy that Hamdan has opened. He has other locations in Chicago’s Little
Village, Pilsen and Gage Park neighborhoods, and in Chicago Ridge.
What appealed to Hamdan was that the Garfield Ridge location
has a history of being an independent pharmacy. The site was most recently
Archer Pharmacy and that location has been an independent pharmacy in the
community for nearly 40 years.
“It’s an area that got my attention,” said Hamdan. “It was
already set up to be a pharmacy. I like the area. It is very quiet and
multicultural. We have a lot of people coming in who are Polish and Mexican. It
is very steady.”
Hamdan said the people he has met are hard-working and
loyal. They like the idea of an independent pharmacy where they feel
comfortable and get to know the pharmacists and other employees. Hamdan said it
is a connection to the neighborhood.
He said attentive service is provided with low prices. Free
medication delivery is provided. Garfield Pharmacy accepts Medicare and
Hamdan has four employees at Garfield Pharmacy. He is
looking for someone who can speak Polish. Hamdan’s goal is to eventually have
10 employees, which is about the number he has at each of his other locations.
Plans for a grand opening will take place when the weather
improves, Hamdan said. He has tentative plans for music and will give out free
Garfield Pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 773-424-7772.
Tropical Sno to open
for summer in Bridgeview
Sno – Daze Tropical Sno will be opening for the season from
2-8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at 7777 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview.
On May 1, to kick off the season,Sno – Daze will be
giving away free eight-ounce Hawaiian Shave Ice treats to everyone who walks
through the door. There is a limit of one per person.
Normal business hours of 2-10 p.m. will start on Saturday,
Pandora to open at
Chicago Ridge Mall
Pandora will open its third south suburban jewelry store on
Wednesday April 29, at Chicago Ridge Mall. The retailer also has stores at
Orland Square Mall in Orland Park and one that opened in December at Louis
Joliet Mall in Joliet.
Tinley Kmart adopts
Kmart is reconfiguring its Tinley Park store at 16300 S. Harlem
Ave. from a Super Kmart into a new format the chain calls K-fresh.
The Hoffman Estates-based retailer is changing most of its
remaining Super Kmarts into the new format, which includes the removal of its
butcher, bakery and deli food service departments.
The new format also includes less sales floor space, reduced
operating hours fewer staff.
The company said in a release at least five of its remaining
11 Super Kmart stores would be converted. The Tinley store was the only one in
K-fresh stores have replaced the service departments with
prepackaged items, and offer reduced brand variety and pack sizes.
Store hours have been cut from 24 hours to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Retro Pizza closes
Retro Pizza Cafe closed recently at The Shoppes at Mill
Creek in Palos Park.
The pizzeria, which was owned by the same folks who operate
The Hotdog Joint at 13839 S. Cicero Ave. in Crestwood, thanked its customers in
a final posting on its Facebook page and invited them to visit the hotdog
stand, which remains open for business.
you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop
me a line at [email protected].
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