The owner of Harbor Drug Store has sold the business to Fred Meyer.

The Harbor landmark, which has served residents for more than 25 years, closed its doors for good on Saturday.

The records of customers whose prescriptions were filled by Harbor Drug Store, have been transferred to the prescription drug department at Fred Meyer.

Phone calls to Harbor Drug are answered by a message recorded by Betty Starnes, who, with her husband Bill, owned and operated the store since 1975.

Bill Starnes, who served as pharmacist to many Brookings-Harbor residents over the years, died the first of this month. The family, faced with finding a new pharmacist, decided that continuing to operate the store without Bill was too great a burden.

Bettys message is: To all of our friends, it is with much sadness, regret and heartbreak, that Robert, my family, my staff and I announce the closing

She continues, Fred Meyer will take over Monday, Sept. 18. She says the new owner will continue to take care of the customers with as little disruption in service as possible.

Dan McKee, manager of Brookings Fred Meyer, said the Starnes family approached store officials, and the company made an offer.

Were working with (Betty Starnes) to facilitate the process, McKee said.

Fred Meyer purchased most of the inventory from the drug store, which includes many product brands carried by Fred Meyer. The drug stores inventory will be added to Fred Meyers current stock, McKee said.

Products not normally carried by Fred Meyer will be placed on special sale in the store, once it has been transferred.

All former Harbor Drug prescription drug clients can contact the prescription drug department at Fred Meyer.

We have the computer with files, said pharmacy manager, Doug Bouwman.