It took more than a decade, but Henry Cunningham is the latest business owner to hang his shingle along New Cassel’s renovated Prospect Avenue.
Cunningham celebrated the grand opening of the Nu-Cassel Pharmacy at a news conference with local elected officials Tuesday morning.
Cunningham has run a pharmacy in Hempstead for 28 years and said his new store is “trying to put more emphasis on wholistic services.”
North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell called Nu-Cassel Pharmacy the first local drugstore in more than 30 years — “something we have longed for.”
Russell said the building developer was in the process of selling two-family condominiums on the second story of the building — “another proud accomplishment.” The condos, for first-time home buyers, are listed at $310,835.
Another shop has opened next door to the pharmacy and, three blocks away, the first local dental office in decades has begun serving residents.
The developments are part of the town’s efforts to revitalize the hamlet, which has struggled with blight and lack of services.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said a process that began 10 years ago by asking residents what they wanted to see in their community — a pharmacy, a supermarket, a bank — was finally coming to fruition. “The visioning is working,” he said.