Community comes together for local store owner following sudden closure
Published Monday, May 13, 2019 6:19PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:55AM CST
After decades serving the community, Dewdney Drugs suddenly closed its doors last Thursday.
Some residents say this is another blow to the neighbourhood, which last year saw its 7/11 close just blocks away.
"I’m hoping that they will open it again, because we need it here," Joanne Lerat, a concerned resident said of the store.
The pharmacist and owner of the store, Art Woo, has been part of the North Central community for years. Some residents are speculating that Woo had his license suspended.
"Sometimes people would run short of groceries, he would charge them up groceries so their kids can eat until they got their next cheque," Lerat said.
Dianne Hicton, a former customer of the drug store has collected more than 300 signatures for a petition to the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP) to get Woo’s license back.
On Monday, the drug store had new management overseeing the building who said the store will re-open next week.
In a statement to CTV News, Woo apologized for the store's closure and calls the matter "a professional issue". He said he loves the neighbourhood and wants it to be whole again.
“There are significant concerns with the pharmacy that they are working on correcting to ensure the pharmacy is able to meet the College’s standards and bylaws and in turn ensure those receiving care from the pharmacy are able to be confident in the care they are receiving,” the SCPP said in a statement.