Owl Drug Store Says Goodbye to Highland Park

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by LA1 News Desk

   Tomorrow will mark the end of an era in Highland Park. Owl Drug Store, which has been owned and operated by the Cheung family since 1984, is closing up shop. Located on North Figueroa Street at Avenue 57, the neighborhood drug store will close down tomorrow, according to Mei Cheung. "It's a good thing, because there are a lot of young people moving into the neighborhood," she says. "We are too old to keep up anymore."

   Asked what kind of establishment will be there next, Mrs. Cheung says she does not yet know. "We are not selling the building," she says. "We are going to rent it out to somebody, but we are not yet sure who." One thing is for sure, the new business won't be Owl's. "We looked into keeping the business name but that won't be possible," she says.

   Owl Drug Store first opened business in Highland Park in 1934, according to Mrs. Cheung. "We took over the business 50 years later," she says. "We came to this country in 1969 and we are very grateful to the Highland Park community for all the good years they have given us."

   Owl Drug Store was one of the first businesses in Highland Park to provide video arcade games as an outlet to local youth. They are well regarded in the community for such services as Spanish language prescriptions and credit lines for longtime customers. The Cheung family are also known for their philanthropy, donating to worthy causes such as a recent fundraising drive for new flags at Veterans Memorial Square.

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