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White Drug Pharmacy, Altru part ways

White Drug Pharmacy is leaving its location at the Altru Clinic and Family Medicine Center at 1380 Columbia Road. The Altru location will close Dec. 28. White Drug also has a location at 2475 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks. Altru Health System is te...

White Drug Pharmacy is leaving its location at the Altru Clinic and Family Medicine Center at 1380 Columbia Road.

The Altru location will close Dec. 28. White Drug also has a location at 2475 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks.

Altru Health System is terminating the lease with the pharmacy, which has been located there for 33 years.

Tim Sayler, chief operating officer at Altru, said the move is a business decision.

"We already have a couple of pharmacies we own and operate," Sayler said. "That lease was up for renewal and it just made sense for us to build a system that's a more coordinated approach to pharmacy care."

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Sayler said a pharmacy owned by Scott and Kelly Hulst will move into the Columbia Road building and Altru will have 49 percent ownership.

Gary Semmens, manager of White Drug's Altru location, said some of those employees may transfer to the 32nd Avenue South pharmacy.

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1262; (800) 477-6572, ext. 262; or send e-mail to jjohnson2@gfherald.com .

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