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About Kinney Drugs

Our Mission
"It is the purpose of Kinney Drugs to provide the highest quality pharmacy, health related and retail services at a fair and competitive price in the communities we serve; to satisfy the needs of our customers and be responsive to the needs and goals of our employees; to manage the resources of our company to insure a fair and equitable return on investment to our stockholders; and to plan and provide for continued growth."

We believe:
That our services and our products must exceed the expectations of our customers.
That the "people" of Kinney Drugs are our company's most valuable asset.
That we are only as strong as our community and we should each strive to make our community a better place to live.
That outstanding financial performance provides us a means to accomplish our broader mission and preserve private ownership.
We are guided by our own values of Excellence, Ethical and Moral Behavior, and Community Spirit. These beliefs and values guide our business strategies, our corporate behavior, and our relationships with suppliers, customers, communities, and each other.

Kinney Drugs History Over 100 Years Of Service

Kinney Drugs has been around since your grandfather’s time. Since Burt Orrin Kinney opened the very first Kinney Drugs store back in 1903, our driving force has always been to care for our customers by providing the highest quality, most convenient products and services.

Burt Orrin Kinney was born in Gouverneur, New York in 1873. He attended local schools and graduated from the Gouverneur Weslyan Seminary. He worked for a short time at a local furniture factory and later became a drug store clerk. At the suggestion of his employer, Mr. Kinney entered the Albany College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 1901 and by 1903 felt prepared to go into business for himself. That original Kinney Drugs store location is still a vibrant part of today’s downtown business district in the heart of Gouverneur, NY.

The post World War II economy demanded the convenience, diversity, and abundant parking offered by the new concept called the shopping center. Recognizing a phenomenal opportunity for growth Kinney Drugs soon opened store stores in these centers throughout the North Country and across the state border in Vermont.

The Kinney Drugs Distribution Center was built in 1962 to service this tremendous expansion, and continues to grow to meet the expanding needs of the company. The latest addition to this facility was completed in 1992, bringing the total size of the warehouse to 135,000 square feet. From this "near you" facility, any Kinney Drugs store can be served at short notice with almost anything customers may need.

Today's Kinney Drug Chain has steadily grown in size, with constant growth in the Central New York Market. The look of today's Kinney Drugs Store has changed to keep up with the customers busy lifestyles. Convenient, stand alone units offer shoppers easy access and parking, along with a wide selection of products and departments to make shopping Kinney Drugs a wonderful experience! The Kinney Drugs Pharmacy Drive Through Window service also offers customers the added convenience of dropping off their prescriptions when they're time pressed or not feeling well.

Over a century of growth is quite an accomplishment. It would be impossible to mention by name all the Kinney Drugs employees whose expertise and skill made the company's growth possible. Needless to say, many long and successful careers have been built with the Kinney Drugs, Inc. While many things have changed over the course of the past century, one legacy lives on – the Kinney Drugs commitment to old fashioned friendliness and customer service which was inspired by Burt Orrin Kinney himself.

Pharmacy Quest For Excellence

The Pharmacy Quest For Excellence Award is given annually to a pharmacist who, on a daily basis, shows they are committed to achieving excellence in the profession of pharmacy and are willing to meet and exceed the needs of their customers. Previous winners of this award include:

  • 1998 Beth Carey, Supervising Pharmacist, Potsdam, New York.
  • 1999 Co-Winners - Eleanor Dober Staff Pharmacist, Watertown, New York and Debbi Barber then Supervising Pharmacist, Malone, New York (presently Regional Pharmacy Manager).
  • 2000 Dave Etz, Pharmacy Store Manager, Cortland, New York.
  • 2001 Jennifer Denoncourt (then Supervising Pharmacist, Ogdensburg, New
  • 2002 Jeff Kirkby, Pharmacy Store Manager, Watertown, New York.
  • 2003 Cindy Young, Supervising Pharmacist, Ogdensburg, New York.
  • 2004 Brian Bruyns, Supervising Pharmacist, Essex Jct., Vermont.
  • 2005 Brett Surace, R.Ph., Pharmacy Store Manager, Carthage.
  • 2006 Darrell Barber, R.Ph., Supervising Pharmacist/Store Manager, Tupper Lake.
  • 2007 Becky Horn, R. Ph. Supervising Pharmacist, Tully, New York.

    Retail Quest for Excellence
    The Retail Quest For Excellence Award is given annually to a Retail Manager who, on a daily basis shows commitment to their employees, their store and the communities they serve. Previous Retail Quest for excellence award winners have been :
  • 1999 Dave South, then manager in Plattsburgh, New York
  • 2000 Mark Palmer, Pharmacy Store Manager in Pulaski, New York
  • 2001 Joan Benedetto, then store Manager in Baldwinsville, New York presently Store Manager in Bridgeport, New York)
  • 2002 Bernie Alden, Store Manager in Newport, Vermont
  • 2003 Brian Dykeman, then Store Manager in Lowville, New York (presently Employee Development & Training Manager)
  • 2004 Mark Avallone, then store manager in Oswego New York (presently Store Projects Manager)
  • 2005 Marc Baum, Store Manager in Brewerton, New York
  • 2006 Dan Snyder, then store manager in Massena, New York (presently store manager in Ogdensburg, New York)