how much do you miss this? by Christina Waters | Nov 9, 2010 | Home | 9 comments Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Instagram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 9 Comments Dee Vogel on November 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm A LOT. Long’s for me was what hardware stores and kitchen gadget stores are for other people. I could troll the aisles all afternoon and be surprised by things I didn’t know I needed. First sign of trouble: could no longer find certain items I had bought there for years – legal size folios in bright colors, with velcro closure. Now they only carried letter size. Then my favorite sunscreen disappeared, the only brand that didn’t break me out. Then “woven” floss, which my dentist recommends. Once I asked a sweet longtime employee what gives, and she remarked sadly that “corporate” was now making the purchasing decisions for the store, rather than the local management. I started ordering these things online. Next thing you know, something new and different. The merchandise is now 90% cheesball. Everything is more expensive except CVS’s own brand, which is poor quality. I imagine it’s a dreadful place to work. And don’t get me started about the squares of gray felt carpeting! I wonder if anyone has a better experience in other places. I found Westside Pharmacy on the corner of Mission & Laurent is delightfully old school, despite shorter hours. Hope you are having a lovely fall, dearie! Dan Dickmeyer on November 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm Hi, Having moved right about the switch I can’t comment much but visited last May and was gagged. Remember how much people protested Longs coming onto Mission and fought it tooth and nail. I was not one of them and ended up patronizing it but now I bet people wish it had never been there. Hi Dee. Bob Marsh on November 11, 2010 at 10:57 am I never thought I would miss Long’s.;CVS is an Embarrassment and should just fold and go to the retail equal of Dante’s Inferno!! Stewart Evans on November 11, 2010 at 11:47 am I always appreciated Longs, but I never knew just how much. I’m close enough to CVS that I still try to go there occasionally and find stuff I could have bought at Longs, but usually walk out disappointed. What a loss. Carol on November 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm DITTO!! A LOT!!! Longs was classy, CVS is most definitely NOT! CVS is tacky, generic and plain boring. Wish the folks who ran Longs would come back! Julie on November 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm CVS is the worst!!!! Does not compare at all to Longs. hate going into CVS! Gretchen on November 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm We miss them too! We used them all the time but CVS kept messing up our prescriptions after they changed over, so we’ve switched to Westside Pharmacy and are much happier. Sabrina on November 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm The minute it opened we began describing CVS as “ghetto” — which I know is an offensive term. It’s so trashy and cheap. I now prefer Safeway, if you imagine such a thing! (Did the heirs of the Long family simply sell out for the cash?) Westside Pharmacy! Andrea on November 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm We really miss Longs also. There were so many things I could find at Longs that they no longer have. And the coupon thing is really annoying and gimmicky. The people at CVS, many of whom are the same, say they miss Longs also. We were in Hawaii in the spring and they still have Longs. And it is as I remember: yummy and cheap macadamia nuts, quality products, etc. Sigh.