Erin Merritt

Erin Merritt stands in her pharmacy, Modern Apothecary, 4924 Seventh Ave. Merritt said she is looking to relocate the business to downtown Kenosha.

Modern Apothecary, an independently owned pharmacy that has become a fixture in the Harborside neighborhood, will be moving to a new downtown location some time next year.

Owner and pharmacist Erin Merritt said she signed a one-year lease with the new owner of the building at 4924 Seventh Ave. The lease ends next fall.

“Modern Apothecary will be moving to a new location in downtown Kenosha in a year or so. We will not be closing,” Merritt said in a Facebook post. “We promise to keep all our customers and patients updated as new information is formalized.”

Modern Apothecary opened in 2014 after a complete overhaul of the 117-year-old Hermann Drug store building, which had sat vacant and dilapidated for years.

Merritt said she designed Modern Apothecary to resemble a European drug store.

Merritt took advantage of the building’s history, maintaining the old-style design and filling display cases with drug store artifacts while also offering modern day pharmaceuticals, automated prescription services and personal customer service.

In 2015, Modern Apothecary was recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for having the best facade renovation in the category for businesses in its size category.

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