A 25-year tradition closes its doors in Osseo

Main Street Pharmacy owner retires

Osseo’s little corner drug store closed its doors Wednesday, June 26.

Main Street Pharmacy in Osseo opens its doors and soda shoppe fountain one last time to customers Wednesday, June 26. Owner Randy Hohbein has retired and sold everything to CVS in Brooklyn Park. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Main Street Pharmacy in Osseo opens its doors and soda shoppe fountain one last time to customers Wednesday, June 26. Owner Randy Hohbein has retired and sold everything to CVS in Brooklyn Park. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Main Street Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe was staple for many Osseo residents. Randy Hohbein, owner/pharmacist, said he decided to retire after 25 years. “The opportunity just presented itself,” he said. “I had been approached several times for years to be bought out, but this time it was the right time.”

All current prescriptions were transferred to CVS in Brooklyn Park.

Main Street Pharmacy started doing business in Osseo in 1988. Originally, the pharmacy was located on Central Avenue, but it needed more room to service the growing customer base so the location on Third Street was built 13 years ago.

A staple in Osseo for 25 years has closed its doors. Main Street Pharmacy thanks its customers on its last day Wednesday, June 26. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

A staple in Osseo for 25 years has closed its doors. Main Street Pharmacy thanks its customers on its last day Wednesday, June 26. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Hohbein previously said the “main benefit of Main Street Pharmacy over other area pharmacies is our personalized service. We get to know our clients personally and truly enjoy taking care of our customers and the community.”

Hohbein added that CVS bought everything in the store, including the large selection of greeting cards, jewelry, collectibles and candles among other items.

An ice cream social was hosted June 26 where customers could come to the 1950’s soda fountain and get free ice cream from what the store had left. The soda fountain was added when the pharmacy moved to the Third Street location. Besides ice cream, customers could also have enjoyed a slice of Heggie’s Pizza.

Hohbein said he would miss the closeness of the community as it was like taking care of his “own family.”

He added, “I want to thank the community for all it’s done in supporting me and the pharmacy. They were a huge part of my life. I will miss everyone.”

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