PARK SLOPE — The neighborhood pharmacy that's been filling prescriptions around the clock since 1901 has halted its overnight hours.
Neergaard Pharmacy at 454 Fifth Ave. and Ninth Street stopped its 24-hour service on Monday, the Daily News reported.
Owner Tom Sutherland told the News he could no longer afford to keep the store open overnight for several reasons, including a drop in late-night customers, competition from national chains and mounting pressures on the pharmacy business in general.
The new hours at Neergaard's Fifth Avenue store — which also has a large selection of toys hidden away upstairs — will be 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays, an employee told DNAinfo New York.
The pharmacy will have the same hours at its other Park Slope location at 120 Seventh Ave. between President and Carroll streets. At Neergaard's Manhattan location at 1520 First Ave. (near East 80th Street), the hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Times are tough for independent pharmacies, and Park Slope's smaller drugstores have felt the pinch. Palma Chemist on Seventh Avenue and Berkeley Place closed earlier this year and Prospect Gardens Pharmacy on Seventh Avenue and Union Street closed in 2015.
OTHER RECENT OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD INCLUDE: