Carl’s Pharmacy in Aspen cutting back its hours |

Carl’s Pharmacy in Aspen cutting back its hours

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Janet Urquhart The Aspen Times

ASPEN – Aspen’s Carl’s Pharmacy is cutting back its hours.

The one-stop shopping experience at the corner of Main and Monarch streets has been open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., for as long as most locals can remember, but starting Monday, the store will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cutting back from a 14-hour day to 12 hours a day was in response to both the economy and the effect of the long day on employees, said Katie Bergman, who owns the store with her husband, Carl.

Carl’s hasn’t let go any of its employees in response to the slumping economy, she noted.

The reduced late-night bus service offered by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, combined with the 10 p.m. closing at Carl’s, affected employees who commute downvalley, and also prompted the decision to close earlier, she said.

“We really think it’s something we need to do – it’s something we’ve thought about for a long time,” Bergman said.

Business is slow between 8 and 9 a.m. and even more so late in the evening, between 9 and 10 p.m., she added.

Rather than an offseason adjustment, though, the new hours will be permanent, she said.

The Bergmans purchased the pharmacy, formerly Matthew Drug, in 1965, and added a second floor onto the building a couple of years later. A typical drugstore and pharmacy on the street level, albeit one with a small convenience grocery store and a liquor department, Carl’s is Aspen’s version of the old five-and-dime on the second floor, where everything from underwear, toys and school supplies to camping gear, sewing and art supplies, and small household appliances cram the aisles.

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