Kopp Drug ready for opening on Monday

Kopp Drug is ready to open at 9 a.m. on Monday at its new and expanded store in Tyrone.
“All systems are go,” said Kopp Drug’s Peter Kreckel.
The new Kopp Drug is located on at the corner of Logan and 14th Street and replaces its old store there. Since early 2005, the project has been in various stages including the demolition of the old Sheetz Store in January of last year. It is several times larger that the old store. The site also has expanded parking.
The plans for the new building have been in the works for several years ever since Sheetz moved to a new location at 1400 Logan Avenue in 2000. The old Sheetz had remained empty. A lease Sheetz had with the owner of the building expired and eventually Kopp Drug was able to negotiate the purchase of the property from the former owner.
Late last year, Kopp Drug opened a temporary location at 1021 Pennsylvania Avenue (the old Connie’s Variety location) to get ready for the closing of the Logan Avenue location.
The old Logan Avenue building closed in May, according to Kreckel. That building and two other properties including a house and Wilson’s Barber Shop were demolished in addition to the old Sheetz to make way for the new store.
Earlier this year Kreckel said the target date was mid-October for Kopp Drug to receive the keys to the building from the contractor.
“We had no problems at all with the contractor,” Kreckel said earlier this week. “Everything was done when it was supposed to be.”
He said merchandise was being loaded in the building and some finishing touches were being completed.
“Kopp Drug did not skimp on anything,” said Kreckel. “It is state of the art. It just looks fantastic on the inside.”
Kreckel said the pharmacy at the temporary Pennsylvania Avenue location will be moved on Sunday to the Logan Avenue store.
Kreckel had previously told The Daily Herald that he and his wife Denise will celebrate 25 years at Kopp Drug in Tyrone in late November. Kreckel said Kopp Drug began operations in Tyrone in November of 1981.
In an article published late last year, Kopp Drug president Morley Cohn explained the new Tyrone store is designed as a free standing 10,000-square-foot store with a drive-in. The new store will feature a card and gift department.
“It will be very similar to a store we built in Altoona on Valley View Boulevard and 7th Street,” said Cohn.
Kreckel noted the drive-thru pharmacy will be the first of its kind in northern Blair County. It also will have a patient consultation room to offer privacy.
The Pennsylvania Avenue location will close for about two weeks once the new store opens. The Pennsylvania Avenue outlet will reopen as a closeout store and will be open about three days a week until its lease runs out near the end of the year.
Kreckel noted the new store at 1365 Logan Avenue will have expanded hours.
“We are increasing the hours because we have a lot more merchandise to offer the people, especially the after-supper shoppers,” said Kreckel. “We are going to be open 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and then 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.”
The store will be closed on Sundays.
Kreckel also noted that Wilson’s Barber Shop will be returning to the new Kopp Drug building. The barber shop has been operating at a temporary location in Tyrone since the old Kopp Drug building closed in May. Kreckel explained the barber shop will operate independently and have its entrance separate from the new drugstore. Barber shop patrons will enter on 14th Street. Kreckel did not know exactly when the barber shop would open at the new building.