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According to Big Buyâ€™s Manager, Tom Rumack, Walgreens Pharmacies will be replacing the long-time grocers. Big Buy Foods, Inc. leased the property after the Walgreen Company bought it a couple of years agoâ€”but the lease is up at the end of the month, and Walgreens did not wish to renew.
â€œWeâ€™re very sad to leave our customers,â€ said Rumack. His father and uncle opened the family-owned business-turned-corporation in 1962, when Boyle Heights was a predominantly Jewish community. Today, working-class Latinos make up most of the population and see Big Buy as a part of the neighborhood landscape.
As for the official closing dateâ€¦ â€œWeâ€™re taking it day by day but Iâ€™m pretty sure weâ€™ll be closed by the end of this week,â€ said Rumack.