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Monroe business relocating after 60 years

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For 60 years Spats Rexall Drug in Monroe has been located at the intersection of Louisville Avenue and North 17th Street. As Nolan Crane reports Thursday is their last day filling prescriptions at their current location.

Bill Cooper is the owner and pharmacist of Spats Rexall Drug Store in Monroe. He fills prescriptions but cooper started at the store at the age of 17 as a custodian when his uncle owned it. The drug store has been an icon for six decades.

"This was built before the interstate was," said Bill Cooper.

But all good things must come to an end. Thursday is the last day spats will be open for business at its current location. Bill and his wife have decided to box up the medicine and move their business to Justice Street in Monroe.

"We'll have more parking, it's handicap accessible and we're just looking forward to moving on over there and just keeping the tradition going," said Laura Cooper.

A tradition that has lasted the test of time and has survived major drug chains coming to town because of the relationship they have built with their customers.

"You know you come in and you get your medication filled quickly and efficiently," said Laura Cooper.

"When they come into us they are not just numbers, they are people. We know their names," said Bill Cooper.

Customers are not the only names that are important to the coopers. Their business might move but the name Spats Rexall Drug will remain the same. So will the interior of the store.

"This building is full of old things from 60 years ago. It means a lot to me. I'm going to try to carry as much of that stuff with me that I can. I want people to recognize that it's still the old store that it was," said Bill Cooper.

Their new location will allow for their pharmacy to expand giving employees more space to work and they hope their customers will also expand.

Spats Rexall Drug Store will open at its new location 2221 Justice Street in Monroe this Tuesday March 25th. That's located off of Forsythe Avenue.

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