BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A once flourishing independent chain of nine pharmacies south of Boston has closed its last three stores.

Arthur and Sandra Sedell closed their stores in Lakeville, Assonet and Carver last month and sold the stock to CVS.

The 71-year-old Sandra Sedell tells The Enterprise ( ) it was time for the couple to retire.

They opened their first Sedell's Pharmacy in Raynham in 1974. They eventually opened two stores in Easton and others in Lakeville, Halifax, Plymouth, Carver, Sandwich and Assonet.

Sandra Sedell says they filled a vital role in the area before chain pharmacies became ubiquitous. They counted both their sons among their almost 170 employees at the peak of their business.

They are looking to lease the space of the vacant stores in Lakeville and Carver.


Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise,