Whispers - Widespread Upgrading

by Arkansas Business staff  on Monday, Sep. 21, 1998 12:00 am  

Stephen LaFrance Pharmacy Inc. soon will begin a program of replacing possibly 38 of its stores.

Terry Viala, executive vice president of the Pine Bluff-based firm, says new buildings would be built to replace nearby, existing stores. The new buildings might be within a few blocks of the existing stores in many cases.

"We're working on a prototype plan, but it will be replacement stores as much as anything," Viala says. "We're working on a method to try to move out of some of the locations that really don't suit our needs."

None are under construction now, but Viala says he hopes some will be soon. No construction bids have been let, he says. He didn't indicate where the replacement stores might be built or which ones would be first.

Stephen LaFrance has 116 USA Drug Stores, Super D Drug and Super D Express stores regionally. There are 39 locations in Arkansas.



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