In 2011, OnMilwaukee interviewed Bill Quandt, the owner of Hayek’s Pharmacy in Shorewood, for a profile about the now 100-year-old business. In the interview, Quandt said he was uncertain of the long-term status of the corner drugstore, but that "I think we'll be able to stick around for a while. At least until our 100-year anniversary in 2018."
Hayek's made the 2018 goal, but sadly, it will close for good on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
Quandt was unavailable for comment, but it's rumored that opioid thefts, which have increased at numerous local pharmacies in the last couple of years, contributed to the decision to close.
Hopefully, Thompson's Serv-U Drugs on the west end of Shorewood and Wauwatosa's Swan Serv-U Pharmacy will continue to thrive. Milwaukee, like most cities, has lost many old-school pharmacies over the years, including Oriental Drugs and Brady Street Pharmacy.
I lived on Downer Avenue for a few years of my childhood and often went to Hayek’s with my sister. I bought many orange Push-Ups there and also a baton. (Never did master the twirling, though.)
Hayek’s will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will close for inventory on Wednesday and then reopen for one final day on Thursday to sell remaining non-pharmaceutical merchandise. I plan to swing by. I wonder if they still sell Push-Ups?
To read about the history of Hayek's, go here.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
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