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Eckerd Drug has closed one of the 50 area drug stores it took over this summer through the purchase of Fay's Drug Inc.

The giant Florida-based chain has shuttered the former Fay's Cornerdrug at 214 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo and transferred all prescriptions and employees to its nearby West Utica Street store.

Eckerd spokesman Dan Pero said the decision to close the small neighborhood drug store came after review of the store's customer count and revenues. He said there are no plans to close any other outlets at this time.

"As part of our transition with Fay's, we are evaluating every store we've acquired, looking at financial health, customer traffic and location," Pero said. "We would like to be able to keep them all open, but sometimes we have to make the difficult decision to close a store."

The closed Elmwood Avenue store has a long history as a pharmacy. For decades it was operated by the local Van Slyke Pharmacy Co. When Van Slyke sold out to Syracuse-based Fay's in 1989, the store continued to operate as a Van Slyke store, but was converted to the Fay's Cornerdrug format about five years ago.

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