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Changes ahead for downtown as companies announce plans

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By Louie Graves

Leader staff

The second-oldest continuously active in Howard County will close its doors in a week.

Nashville Drug owners Mike and Jamie Pinegar, and Clovy Keaster notified customers by letter this week that effective May 11, the assets of Nashville Drug and all files and records of the pharmacy customers would be transferred to Fred’s Pharmacy where Mike Pinegar will be a pharmacist.

The drug store, a fixture on Main Street, was founded 125 years ago.

The owners’ letter cited difficulty in being an ‘independent’ pharmacy and said that changes in the health care industry made it “difficult to continue to operate in this type of ever-evolving environment.”

The oldest continuously active business in the county is the ‘Nashville News.’

Mike Pinegar told The Nashville Leader Monday that the Main Street building would be open, probably until the end of June, to sell off remaining gift and decor items from the front of the store, and to take payments. The company also owns the next-door building that until last week held Jeanine’s Fine Jewelry which has moved to Murfreesboro.

Pinegar said that the buildings would eventually be rented or sold.

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