Deal in works for Hamaker building

June 4, 2007
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Days could be numbered for an 85-year-old independent pharmacy at the northeast corner of Pennsylvania and 49th streets. The building that houses Hamaker Pharmacy, along with Cafe Patachou, D&Z Gifts, Meridian Heights Cleaners and Corks Grocery, is up for sale. The building is owned by the wife of pharmacy owner George Kaczmarski. They are talking with a potential buyer and are ready to get out of the business. Kaczmarski declined to offer details, including a sale price, since negotiations are at a sensitive stage. The pharmacy first opened in the 1920s and has had the Hamaker name since 1943.
  • wow - i truly hope not. i used to live one block from there and it was a refreshing respite from the corporate drone of cvs-walgreens (who, right now, are still in talks to take over the world :) ). hopefully it will be a quiet exchange of ownership and not the closing of a wonderful store!

    ***will there be a post concerning the potential green-light of the proposed riverplace in fishers today??*** thanks!
  • I, too, hope it is a quiet transition. We live in the neighborhood because it still has character, independent businesses and unique architecture. It would be a loss to see that area change in a dramatic way!
  • Hopefully George and his wife have a chance to rest and relax. I grew up going to Hamakers when the Hamakers owned it and George was just out of RX school. So it is his time. Hopefully the new owners will see
    the positives in keeping the unique atmospher that 49th and Penn has. So few big towns have that small town feel but if you grew up, lived or drive through the area it is because of that corner everyone knows everyone else.

    I grateful I have been able to share the store with my son. I hope he gets to share it with his children.
  • I just moved to the 40th and Meridian and liked this area (49th and Penn). I enjoy Cafe Patachou, as well as Corks MArketplace and the Sullivan HArdware store. If it does come under new ownership, I hope they invest a little into the facade of the building and maybe even help develop those few blocks. I think there could be a little more added to that neighborhood. I sure hope they don't just tear it down either.
  • I am glad to see everyone wax nostalgic about Hamaker Pharmacy but people do not put their money where their mouths are.
    If customers would shop there more often we would not be in danger of losing our neighborhood treasure.
  • I would really hate for D&Z to go. I have been getting my flowers there for years. They are the best flowers in the city. What am I supposed to do if they leave?!
  • Folks, No Worries!!!

    Unless the new buyer (a real idiot) is paying all cash (no bank financing that would require due diligence) Hamakers isn't going anywhere. There is so much dirty perc from the dry cleaners who've been there for decades the dirt is glowing!!

    The cost of remediation alone kills the deal!

    Too bad too. GK deserves to sell and retire. He's a great man.

    Note to GK: Insurance before 1985 (I think that year is correct) has no enviro exclusions. If you can dig up the old files or pay an insurance archeologist to find you may be able to get it cleaned up for free! Takes a while so get rollin.
  • I believe Corks has already closed. I've heard that its moving downtown to the City Market.
  • I too hope The Hamaker Building can continue to be a neighborhood corner for services, much like the newer building across 49th & Pennsylvania. We depend on small businesses within walking distance in MKNA.

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