Norwood Rexall Drugs in Astoria has been in its spot for 60 years, but it was recently forced to move by a rent hike, according to a note in the window.
Reader Scott Levine sends in a photo of the letter to customers from owner Syed Naqvi, who's been running the shop since 1977. He explains that the building was purchased by TK Management. And then, "All of a sudden, the new owner wants to double the rent, plus add the real estate taxes, without giving us reasonable notice."
photo by Scott Levine
The storefront is an antique, with curved, deeply set window displays and a vintage Rexall sign on the glass.
2014 -- photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Mr. Naqvi was featured in a HuffPo piece last year. He told Nancy Ruhling about his move from Pakistan, and how he worked hard to take over the drugstore and keep it going over the years.
price wasn't high because the owner was retiring," he said of the time, "and the
shelves were bare because he had not kept up with the inventory in
anticipation of leaving. I paid him $20,000 plus some notes, and it was
mine. I had to borrow $5,000 from a friend."
today -- photo by Scott Levine