Story and Photos Courtesy of St. Albans Monthly
Jack Fruth opened the first Fruth Pharmacy 62 years ago in Point Pleasant, WV, which serves as the home for Fruth’s corporate headquarters. Over the years, Fruth Pharmacy has grown to 27 stores in Southeast OH and West-central WV, employing about 700 people.
In 1984, Fruth Pharmacy opened in Nitro. Lynne Fruth, President and daughter of Jack, explains the doors are closing on the current location, but are re-opening across the street, on the corner of 21st and Bank Streets. The new store opens for business on Sunday, May 18th. The Grand Opening is on Friday, June 6th, with refreshments, balloons for children and a ribbon-cutting cutting ceremony at 10:00AM. The Grand Opening continues through June 12th, featuring special deals, coupons and prizes, showcasing departments within the store.
“This new location for the Nitro store is about 20% larger than the old location, housing a larger pharmacy area,” says Ms. Fruth. The expanded pharmacy includes a private counselling/treatment room, larger waiting area and a drive-thru window. Fruth offers free local delivery of prescriptions, which can include additional store items. Other featured areas include: pet supplies, gifts & cards, groceries, household items, and a thirty-six foot section dedicated to $1.00 items.
There is a special area dedicated to local high school apparel and memorabilia, representing Nitro, Poca and St. Albans High Schools. The schools receive 10% of the proceeds.
Fruth is also known for community involvement. “For 22 years, we’ve hosted a fund-raiser golf tournament, which has raised over half a million dollars to support our scholarship program,” a proud Lynne Fruth states. Twenty-eight fully-endowed scholarships are awarded annually to help local students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.
Bob Vogel, Nitro store manager, along with the friendly staff, welcome you to the new Nitro location. Be sure to join them and Lynne Fruth for the Grand Opening on June 6th and enjoy all the specials during Grand Opening week!