Latest News – November 19

Everything Old is New Again: Sayer>Safeway

For those who may not know it, things actually have come full circle in the whole Sayer/Safeway transition. Safeway used to be located on Historic Harrison Avenue where the Sayer McKee Drug Store is moving out of – official last day: November 30.

Say-er It Ain’t So! Sayer’s officially closes on November 30 , 2012. Photo: Angie Welsh.

But when the Safeway corporation saw the need for expansion, they built new out on Poplar Street and Mt. View Drive. That left the space on Harrison Avenue open and Sayer McKee moved in.

At the end of October, local rumor was confirmed when it was officially announced that the privately owned drug store had sold its pharmacy to Safeway and was closing its doors for good after over 70 years on the avenue (near as anyone can tell).

So is it safe to say that the more things change, the more they stay the same? Regardless, things change.

This Wednesday will mark one week since the Leadville Safeway Pharmacy officially opened. It’s definitely a big transition for locals in recent years, simply because it’s the only pharmacy in town.

Prior to the sale, if you wanted a prescription filled in Lake County,  it was Sayer & McKee Drug Store. That was your only choice. And since the sale of the Sayer’s pharmacy business to the grocery store giant, now it’s ALL Safeway.

So what’s changed? 

Leadville Today spoke with Pharmacy Technician Tracy Berhost (visiting from Frisco, Colo.) on Thursday, Nov. 15 to confirm local hours of operation and other information readers might need to know. 

“A Safeway certified pharmacist will be able to give vaccinations for the flu, tetanus, whopping cough, and shingles,” explained Berhost. She was also able to confirm the pharmacy’s hours of operation:

  • Mon – Fri              9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday              9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday                10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please note that the pharmacy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, with shorten hours on the days prior. Call 719-486-0795 for additional questions – they even have a dedicated “former Sayer McKee customer” extension – fancy!

Also check out the new Leadville Safeway website – upgrade! There’s some great coupons and discounts just in time for the holidays. And you can upload them right onto your smartphone – no more clipping! 

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