Photo provided                                Staff from Island Drug at Ken’s Korner are being temporarily relocated to the Oak Harbor store while efforts to secure a new South Whidbey location continue. From left to right: Store Manager and Pharmacy Technician Rachel Soto-Paulus, Pharmacy Technician Merissa Dahlman and Pharmacist Rich Russo.

Photo provided Staff from Island Drug at Ken’s Korner are being temporarily relocated to the Oak Harbor store while efforts to secure a new South Whidbey location continue. From left to right: Store Manager and Pharmacy Technician Rachel Soto-Paulus, Pharmacy Technician Merissa Dahlman and Pharmacist Rich Russo.

Pharmacy leaving its Ken’s Korner location

After 15 years at Ken’s Korner in Clinton, Island Drug is looking for a new location after being unable to secure a new lease with the shopping center’s landlord.

The closure came at an unexpected time and is not a result of COVID-19.

In a letter to the South Whidbey community on its website, Island Drug announced it would cease operations at Ken’s Korner and temporarily relocate South End staff to the Oak Harbor location, starting June 29.

The Clinton store has six full-time employees.

“We’ve managed to keep all our staff employed and we have weathered COVID quite well,” said Director of Operations Andy Plumlee.

The business plans to relocate somewhere on South Whidbey, though when and where have not yet been determined.

“We do envision this as an active process to relocate,” said owner Aaron Syring.

Prescription delivery to South End residents will be available six days out of the week, instead of just the previous two, Plumlee said.

Prescription pick-up will also be available in Oak Harbor, for those willing to make the drive.

Clients are encouraged to call the same phone number for the Ken’s Korner location, 360-341-3885, to be connected with South Whidbey staff at the Oak Harbor location. Refills can also be requested through Island Drug’s app, WinRxRefill.

Customers with paper prescriptions can text the above phone number, email to support@islanddrug.com or fax to 360-341-3886.

Video conferencing with a pharmacist when taking new medications will also be available.

Over the years, the Clinton pharmacy has generated over $46 million of revenue into the South Whidbey economy, according to Island Drug’s website.

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