Caliber Pharmacy in Hewlett Shuts Down |  Herald community newspapers

Caliber Pharmacy in Hewlett Shuts Down | Herald community newspapers

After nearly 60 years in business, Caliber Pharmacy and Cosmetics, a Hewlett gift and essentials stable, closed its doors for good on November 30th.

The store was previously owned by Bob and Jackie Weinstein, but has been sold to its last owner in the past three years, said David Friedman, Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association, a Caliber customer since the 1970s.

The last owner, whose identity cannot be discovered, was negotiating a lease renewal with the landlord, but didn’t make a deal, which led to the closure of the pharmacy, according to Friedman.

Caliber was special compared to pharmacy chains, Friedman said, as they were one of the few family-run pharmacies left, had perks like home delivery, quality customer service, and a large and unique selection of products.

“It was a big neighborhood pharmacy,” he said. “It’s just sad because they had a lot of high-end cosmetic items and a lot of people in the area were shopping for items that couldn’t be found in CVS or one of the chain stores. And customer service, you walk into one of these chains and you really don’t get customer service. “

Sales associate Stefanie Forstock, who worked at Caliber for three years, posted on the Hewlett-Woodmere District 14 Residents Facebook page that Caliber was going out of business.

“Thank you so much for your patronage and support over the past 50+ years to our loyal customers,” he said in the post. “We will miss the Five Towns community service.”

Upon liquidation, the store applied a 75% discount on items such as professional hair care brands, cosmetics, perfumes and high-end jewelry.

“Caliber was a staple in our city,” said Marla Allison Cohen, a Woodmere native and current Hewlett resident. “Growing up, we had an account, and I could go in and take little things like cough drops or shampoo, and just say, put it on the bill for Witt!”

When she was a teenager, she bought makeup. “They always had the newest items and the biggest fashions,” she said. Cohen recalled that, in the 1990s, her parents closed her account because her sister and herself “were taking a little too much liberty.”

“Now let’s laugh at that memory. Then, as a young man, it was nice to be able to go to a place where I knew the pharmacists and, above all, where they knew me, “Cohen said.” It was familiar. It was comforting, “he added,” It’s a real shame to miss one. another mom and dad pharmacy and the Caliber store as a whole. We will miss him very much “.

“I grew up in the Five Cities referring to that mall as the Caliber mall. What will we call it now? ”Randi Leibling Goodman, who graduated from Hewlett High with Cohen, said.

Goodman added that she was a longtime Caliber customer and would go there to buy Barton’s Easter candy. “The store had something for everyone,” Goodman said. She added, “many will miss them”.

Ed Vito, the Caliber manager, got some positive accolades from Goodman. “And he’s a really good guy,” said Goodman, “he’s always very helpful.”

Elaine Prusack worked at Caliber for five years and was doing her final shifts during the liquidation. She describes Caliber’s clientele as lively and friendly.

“I only know from having been a resident of the neighborhood for over 28 years and from my customers that the store was a busy place,” he said.

“They have been there for so many years and it has been a landmark,” Friedman said, “it’s a shame they closed.”

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