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Pharmacy closing is tough pill to swallow

Residents will have to find new place to go after pair of locations shut doors

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2019.

Another neighborhood business has shut its doors.

Metropolitan Pharmacy, at 116-07 Metropolitan Ave. and its sister location Metro Pharmacy II at 103-11 Metropolitan Ave., closed on Monday.

Ira Lisogorsky owned the 40-year-old business. He told the New York Post that he has problems with both drug companies as well as regulatory and city policies.

“The city doesn’t care about us,” Lisogorsky said. “They look at us as a cash cow and yet it is small businesses that made this city.”

The increase of people ordering prescriptions online also took its toll.

“It is hard to compete with the big pharmacy chain stores,” said Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Brown. “We do have several small family owned pharmacies that have opened on Austin Street in the last year, so family run businesses are still opening and providing personal service to the neighborhood.”

She added that while it’s convenient to shop online, personal service is still important to customers.

It was the personal service that made Lisogorsky popular in the community.

One Kew Gardens resident, Suzanne Hall, told the Post of a time when her insurance card wasn’t being accepted because of a technical glitch as she was attempting to purchase medicine but Lisogrosky gave it to her and said he’d settle the insurance later.

Carol Lacks told the Post Lisogorsky is “a pharmacist who knows all our names and health care needs.”

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