3 thoughts on “Drug Fair

  1. I enjoyed the Laurel Drug Fair back in the day and was glad to see the Drug Fairs in NJ when I moved there in the 90s. There were a couple that I saw, and it seemed like they hadn’t updated anything since the 70s.

    Most recently, I lived in Berkeley Heights, NJ from 2005-2010, and they had one that closed in 2009 when the chain filed for bankruptcy (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/03/drug_fair_files_for_bankruptcy.html). It wasn’t a surprise – even though the place was 3x the size of a Walgreens with way more inventory, they never seemed to have what I needed vs. Walgreens.

    • Reese says:

      The Laurel Drug Fairs were not related at all to the NJ Drug Fairs. The ones in Laurel were originally owned by Milton Elsberg (Doc Elsberg to the employees) and based in the DC, VA, MD area.. They were eventually purchased by Gray Drug in Cleveland, which was eventually gobbled up by Rite Aids.

  2. Jackie Elsberg says:

    Thank you for sharing all of this great memorabilia! My grandfather Harold was Milton’s brother, and both he and my dad worked at Drug Fair for many years as well. I was born in 1982 so I never saw any of the stores before, only a few old pictures. I will have to send this to my dad so he can take a trip down memory road!

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