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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
October 16, 2014
CONTACT: Jay Blotcher
Public Impact Media Consultants
(845) 612-9837 
franks@publicimpactpr.com
 
For graphics and digital media kit: FranksPharmacyNY.com/MediaTools
FRANK’S PHARMACY
REOPENS ITS DOORS IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
AFTER FIVE-ALARM FIRE DESTROYED FORMER LOCATION LAST APRIL
 
BELOVED NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS
TO HOLD GRAND REOPENING CEREMONY WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, NOON TO 1:00PM
JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS — Six months after a devastating five-alarm blaze destroyed Frank’s Pharmacy, this well-loved neighborhood institution has reopened and will hold a special public celebration on Saturday, October 25th from 12:00 noon until 3:00PM.

The Grand Reopening event for Frank’s Pharmacy will take place at the store’s new location at 77-01 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, just steps away from its former address. The celebration will take place from noon until 3:00PM. The opening ceremony will take place from 12:30 until 1:00PM and will include a ribbon-cutting by owner Frank Buonagurio, as well as speeches of support from New York State Senator Jose Peralta (District 13) and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm. Both Senator Peralta and Councilmember Dromm will officially proclaim October 25th “Frank’s Pharmacy Day.” The public is invited to attend.

Frank’s Pharmacy will distribute refreshments and treats for young and old alike, so long as supplies last. There will also be prize raffles held for adults and children in attendance.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of neighborhood support that followed the fire. Everyone did what they could to ensure that we would be back on our feet as soon as possible,” said Frank Buonagurio, the owner of Frank’s Pharmacy. “Keeping our neighbors healthy is a responsibility we take very seriously. So we are really glad to be back!”
The rebirth of Frank’s Pharmacy is an inspiring story that demonstrates the tight-knit community spirit of the Jackson Heights historic district. On April 21, 2014, a five-alarm fire began in the early evening and ripped through the Bruson Building at 74-09 37th Avenue. Frank’s Pharmacy was among the 50 tenants whose businesses were completely demolished. Inventory and personal effects in Frank’s Pharmacy were destroyed, including family photos and many items from a rare collection of hundreds of antique medicine bottles collected over several decades by owner Frank Buonagurio.

This devastating fire could have meant the end of Frank’s Pharmacy. But even before the flames were extinguished, Frank Buonagurio made a vow that he would rebuild. Support to help rebuild came from all over Queens, equally from neighbors and city and local officials. In fact, the new landlord refused lucrative offers from national chains and insisted that Frank’s Pharmacy take the space. The new site has 2,300 square feet on the ground floor with an additional 2,300 square feet of basement storage space.
 
A native of Astoria, Queens, Frank Buonagurio first opened Frank’s Pharmacy in 1991 in Jackson Heights. From the start, Frank was committed to providing old-fashioned, personalized service in an era of corporate pharmacies and big-box stores. Frank’s is truly a family business, as Buonagurio operates the business with his twin sister, Grace. Buonagurio is well-known for giving back to the neighborhood; he has received several awards for years of charitable giving to area charities.
The reopening of Frank’s Pharmacy is a celebratory event, not only for the Buonagurio family and staff, but for the neighborhood customers that have come to depend on Frank’s for their complete healthcare needs.

The new location for Frank’s Pharmacy at 77-01 37th Avenue is truly a full-circle homecoming. The address is the former location of Maram Pharmacy, where Frank Buonagurio worked in the early 1990s. The Grand Reopening on October 25 promises to be the happiest chapter in the ongoing story of Frank’s Pharmacy.
ATTENTION MEDIA: Advance interviews are available with Frank’s Pharmacy owner Frank Buonagurio by calling Jay Blotcher of Public Impact Media Consultants at (845) 612-9837. For hi-res graphics and digital media kit, visit FranksPharmacyNY.com/MediaTools.
Frank's Pharmacy is an independent, family-owned neighborhood pharmacy that has served the historic community of Jackson Heights, and residents of Elmhurst, and Woodside, Queens, since 1991. With a steadfast dedication to caring and quality, owner and life-long Queens resident Frank Buonagurio offers his customers a level of personalized treatment and neighborhood hospitality that is rare in today’s American business landscape. Frank’s Pharmacy is on the Web at www.frankspharmacyny.com, on at Facebook.com/FranksRx and on Twitter @FranksPharmacy.
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