ITHACA NY DECEMBER 22, 2020 — The Green Street Pharmacy, a downtown staple for more than a decade for its multiple services, including prescription drug fulfillment, general store, and its ice cream, soda, and coffee cafe, will be closing soon.
The pharmacy, 131 E. Green St., is no longer filling prescriptions, but the retail portion of the store will continue to operate to liquidate all the remaining toiletries, over-the-counter medications, beauty supplies, foods, and other products. An official close date has yet to be determined.
Owner and pharmacist Nicole Pagano says she is extremely grateful for the community’s support over the years.
“For the last 11 years, I have been touched, changed, and transformed by the incredible human beings who have entered my life and earned my love. Eleven years ago, I would have never imagined that I would be working in an independent pharmacy in Ithaca, NY, or that it would be the most incredible opportunity for me. Healthcare can be so incredibly personal. You choose to share your challenges, journeys, successes, and temporary setbacks with me. For that, I will be eternally grateful,” says Pagano.
Green Street Pharmacy is part of the Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District which is managed by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). This not-for-profit organization supports the businesses in this particular district.
DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson extends his sincere gratitude to Nicole Pagano for her many years of service in the community. Pagano also serves as a member of the DIA Board of Directors and the board’s executive committee.
“We are saddened by the announcement that Green Street Pharmacy will close its pharmacy here in downtown. Pharmacy owner Nicole Pagano has been a shining beacon of light for us — as a caring and dedicated downtown pharmacist and as a person who truly cares about our community’s less fortunate. As an independent pharmacy, Nicole fought an uphill battle against national chains and against pricing that hurt small independent pharmacies. She partnered with the community agencies that focused on substance abuse and carried the important drugs and medicines that helped folks in dependency, often at a financial loss to her business. Nicole hopes to remain a part of the Ithaca community, and as she closes the pharmacy side of the business, we will still work with her. Our heartfelt thanks to Nicole for many years of service to us all,” says Ferguson.
For more information about downtown businesses, visit downtownithaca.com.
Darlene M. Wilber, Communications Manager
Downtown Ithaca Alliance