November 24, 2002: New life for 1200 Union Street as Martin Richards, a boutique store.
Drug Co. at Hyde and Union was among the last of a dying breed,
the neighborhood drugstore. Operating as a pharmacy at this location for
almost the entire 20th Century, The Home Drug Co. was done in by HMOs and
chain companies. According to its leasing agent, the property is something
of an albatross. The company has had no serious interest in the property
at the time this item was posted in June, 2001. The 1,100 sq.-foot store
requires expensive upgrades in order to become compliant with the Americans
with Disabilities Act. It is unlikely that a pharmacy will exist again
at this location. The former longtime drugstore is located directly across
the street from Swensen's Ice Cream Parlor,
one of San Francisco's most enduring neighborhood institutions.
Copyright 2001 Hank Donat