West Orange Pharmacy Will Be Sold
Store's fate has been in limbo since pharmacist was arrested for selling prescription drugs.
The West Orange Pharmacy Inc., at 443 Main St. is being sold, according to employees.
"There are numerous offers on the table," said a man who answered the pharmacy's phone today and identified himself as Bill. He said a deal should be finalized by the end of the week.
A sign hanging in the window says there is a new pharmacy coming soon.
“I am thrilled to welcome new owners who will revitalize a very desirable business in our community,” said Mayor Robert D. Parisi. “West Orange Pharmacy is a friendly neighborhood pharmacy with roots that go back 35 years in town and I know its customers are excited for its reopening.”
In September, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the store's part owner and head pharmacist, Leonard “Lenny” Stefanelli, 48, of East Hanover. The US Attorney's Office charged him with selling oxycodone to those without a prescription, according to authorities.
Stefanelli reportedly sold oxycodone to “confidential sources" on six separate occasions between Feb. 1 and Aug. 6, 2012, according to a criminal complaint issued in Newark by the US District Court on Sept. 7.
William Carlucci, Sr. founded the pharmacy in 1947 as a single-pharmacist shop; his sons, William Jr. and Robert, took over the business in 1977. In 1991 Stefanelli became the brothers' third partner. Stefanelli bought the business in 2008.