Longs Drugs Pahoa Store Closing Saturday
Longs Drugs’ Pahoa location will close Saturday, according to the store’s manager and a spokesman for CVS/Caremark, the parent company of Longs.
Signs were posted at the front of the store Thursday stating that the store would close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 20. A day earlier, yellow signs were posted at cash registers and at the front of the store saying that all sales were final.
The CVS spokesperson said that a temporary space is being planned to serve the store’s pharmacy customers. The location of that space will be announced at a later date. The spokesperson could not say whether the temporary space would resemble a full-scale Longs store or a smaller Longs Pharmacy outlet.
The spokesperson said that pharmacy records from the Pahoa location will be transferred to the downtown Hilo location, located on Kilauea Avenue.
Longs Drugs is the latest in a list of businesses that have announced its operating plans as the June 27 Kilauea lava flow continues to advance toward the Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road intersection. Several businesses in the Pahoa Marketplace, located above of Longs, have either closed or are in the process of closing, including Malama Market, CU Hawai’i, Longs, Pahoa Ace Hardware, Subway, Eyeland EyeDoc, and Lex Brodie’s Tire Co.