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Tale of two survivors

The Union staff

Independent pharmacies are considered an endangered species, caught between low reimbursement rates from insurance companies and intense competition from chain stores.

The trend is apparent in western Nevada County. Longtime residents can remember when there were at least three independent pharmacies in Nevada City – now there are none. At least six in western Nevada County have gone out of business since 1989, to be replaced by drug store chains and supermarkets offering the service.

Now, with the closing of Dr. Marvel’s and Main pharmacies in Grass Valley, just two independents remain in western Nevada County – Spring Hill Pharmacy in Grass Valley and Pleasant Valley Pharmacy in Penn Valley. Today, The Union profiles both businesses.


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