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Strohecker's Pharmacy to open in south end of Brooklyn

RITA A. LEONARD - Three of the Pharmacy Technicians at the new Strohekers Pharmacy, opening in the Brooklyn Yard development at Holgate and McLoughlin, are - from left: Kayla Rassi, Melanie Menchaca, and Nick Kenward. Strohecker's Grocery Store in Portland's West Hills was established over 100 years ago on S.W. Patton Road, just up Broadway Drive from downtown.

It's a Portland institution, but it recently announced that it would be closing for good, without publicly stating a reason. Strohecker's has included a grocery store, a pharmacy, a post office, and a liquor store — but only the pharmacy will survive the closing.

The surprise is that Strohecker's Pharmacy is moving to Inner Southeast Portland!Although the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood has been loudly calling for a pharmacy to open there, this one will at least be the closest one to Westmoreland; its new address is 1286 S.E. Holgate Boulevard, in the “Brooklyn Yard” development, near the La Carreta Restaurant, and adjacent to “24 Hour Fitness”, just off McLoughlin Boulevard.

Pharmacy Manager Tyler Treharne will oversee eight to ten employees there, in a space larger than it enjoyed in the West Hills grocery store. Treharne says, “We are a specialty compounding pharmacy, and we hope to open in February or March, after the remodeling is complete.

“Our new site will be about 2,000 square feet, with on-site parking. We'll carry regular retail over-the-counter items, as well as provide individual customer service to all of our patients and doctors’ offices.”

The new pharmacy expects to be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 9-3 p.m. on Saturdays; closed Sundays. The phone number is traveling to Southeast with the store: It will still be 503-222-4822.

Treharne tells THE BEE that he adheres to the pharmacy's long-time credo: “At Strohecker's you are not a number, you are family.” The Brooklyn neighborhood seems happy to see another solid retail outlet coming to the Brooklyn Yard development, at the junction of S.E. McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevards.