Denby Fawcett: The Mainland-ization of Hawaii’s Longs Drugstores

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Longs Drug Store at Pali Highway and Vineyard, February 2014.

Starting April 6, Longs drugstores in Hawaii will require shoppers to have CVS “Extracare Pharmacy” cards in order to buy sale items.

I found out about this when I was checking out at Longs Kahala this week with of a bottle of Spanish sparkling wine and two packs of Valentine’s Day stickers.

The sales clerk urged me to sign up for a CVS card. I told her I wasn't interested. She said I had better think about it “because after April 6 you will not get sale stuff without a card.”

This ticked me off. I was thinking this is not the old Longs. My Longs would never force anyone to do anything.

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