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Burnt-Out Inwood Pharmacy to Return with Soda Fountain Counter

By Nigel Chiwaya | January 30, 2013 2:53pm

INWOOD — An uptown pharmacy that was displaced by a devastating fire is returning to the corner of 207th Street — and bringing along its sweet tooth.

Dichter Pharmacy announced Monday that it will be relocating to 4935 Broadway at 207th Street — just a few doors down from their previous location at 4943 Broadway near 207th Street — and it will be expanding to serve ice cream.

"Thanks to your support over the past year since the fire we were able to relocate and now I have just signed a lease to a new location," owner Manny Ramirez wrote on Facebook Monday.

"Inwood is the best neighborhood in NYC and I sincerely appreciate and love servicing this community!"

Ditcher, which has been located in Inwood since the 1940s, was forced to move to a smaller space at 4975 Broadway near Isham Street after following the massive fire in early 2012.

Several other businesses, including Bread & Yoga, Furry Fiends, and Splash Laundromat were also destroyed in the blaze.

Ramirez says the new location is five times larger than the original location, allowing the pharmacy to carry a larger inventory of supplies. In fact, Ramirez is asking for suggestions on what products to carry.

In addition, Ramirez said that Dicther hopes to add a soda fountain and ice cream to their offerings when it moves to the new location in the Spring.

"Just like the old-time pharmacies," Ramirez said, "with outside seating and the whole nine yards."