White Cross Drugs closing its doors after more than 60 years

Joyce Lupiani

White Cross Drugs closing its doors after more than 60 years

CREATED Mar. 6, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas landmark is scheduled to close its doors at the end of the month.

White Cross Drugs on Las Vegas Boulevard, a little north of the Stratosphere, has been at the same location for the past 60 years and is a favorite of many locals and a tourist destination for others.

The location features a pharmacy, a small store, and a 24-hour cafe with a old-fashioned lunch counter, a soda fountain and a few worn booths that is popular with the late-night crowd.

Historic photos and signs line the walls of the store and customers can buy souvenirs as well as a few staples, snacks and personal items.

According to local lore, Wayne Newton used to spend his breaks between shows having a soda at the cafe in 1959 when he was just a teenager performing at the Fremont in the Carnival Lounge.

It is also said that many of the showgirls used to come into the store because it had a large selection of cosmetics.

Scenes for of the movie "Lucky You," which featured a hotshot poker player  trying to win a tournament in Las Vegas, were filmed there in 2005.

The pharmacy will serve its last customer today and the store is scheduled to close by the end of the month.

According to the store, Walgreens will take over the medication records for current customers. They will have to visit a local Walgreens to have any prescriptions filled.

Tiffany's Cafe, which has a different owner, is scheduled to remain open.

 

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