NAPLES — After being shuttered nearly two years ago, the former Naples Pharmacy building was sold Thursday to local business owner Steve Richards.
“Naples is a quaint, wonderful, supportive place with a vibrant Main Street, and my intent is to keep it that way,” said Richards, owner of Naples Creek Apartments and founder and president of Honeoye-based AquaSource Group.
Richards said he hopes to bring business to the commercial space at 103 S. Main St. as soon as possible. He envisions a professional building with wellness and alternative medicine offerings ranging from yoga to chiropractic, though he is open to other possibilities including retail and offices, he said.
“The sale of the former pharmacy building is another important step forward in a community that once struggled with an increasing rate of storefront vacancies,” said Naples Mayor Brian Schenk. “We are seeing a more vibrant and active downtown Naples. It is wonderful to see progress.”
Naples Pharmacy, which had operated for decades, most recently had been part of the regional Henderson's Drug Store Inc. chain owned by Elmira-based RT Max development Co. After the business closed in February 2012, the building went on the market.
Michael Samson, partner with Naples Apothecary owner/pharmacist Ann Ritzler, said initially he and Ritzler planned to buy 103 S. Main St. and move Naples Apothecary from 129 S. Main to the former Naples Pharmacy building. But Naples Apothecary — which opened this past April — is doing well where it is, Samson and Ritzler now own their building, and they are happy to stay put, Samson said.
The former Naples Pharmacy building carried a list price of $159,900 for the 15,250-square-foot, two-story structure built in 1900. According to Ontario County records, the building is assessed at $193,600.