Kinney Drugs | Local Since 1903

In 1903, Burt Kinney opened the very first Kinney Drugs store in Gouverneur, NY. Since that time, Kinney Drugs has grown to nearly 100 stores and is 100% employee owned. At Kinney Drugs, we strive to provide the highest quality pharmacy, health, and retail services at fair and competitive prices in our communities; to serve and satisfy the needs of our customers; to be responsive to the needs and goals of our employees; to manage our company's resources to ensure a fair and equitable return on investment for our stockholders; and to plan and provide for the continued growth of Kinney Drugs.

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Burt Kinney Graduates

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Burt graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy and began to work in a drug store as a clerk.

1900
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Wright Brothers

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Wilbur and Orville Wright were American inventors and pioneers of aviation. In 1903 the Wright brothers achieved the first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight; they surpassed their own milestone two years later when they built and flew the first fully practical airplane.

1903
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Albert Einstein

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In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum was independent of the motion of all observers. This was the theory of special relativity.

1905
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Kinney Continues to Serve Gouverneur

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Burt Kinney continues to grow his pharmacy and serve the public in Gouverneur.

1911
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Titanic

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The HSM Titanic sunk in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

1912
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The Assembly Line

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In 1913, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to two hours and 30 minutes.

1913
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World War I

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Called the Great War, World War I was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as the "War to End All Wars", more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history.

1914
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Electric Lights Installed

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The first electric lights were installed in a Kinney Drugs.

1915
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19th Amendment Ratified

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The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Beginning in the mid-19th century, several generations of woman suffrage supporters lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced civil disobedience to achieve what many Americans considered a radical change of the Constitution.

1920
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Kinney Drugs Expands

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A vision of expansion leads to additional stores in Massena, Adams, Carthage, and Watertown, New York.

1925
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Charles Lindbergh Crosses the Atlantic

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In the early morning of Friday, May 20, 1927, Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field across the Atlantic Ocean for Paris, France. Over the next ​33 1⁄2 hours, Lindbergh and the Spirit faced many challenges, which included skimming over storm clouds at 10,000 ft (3,000 m) and wave tops at as low as 10 ft (3.0 m). He landed at Le Bourget Aerodrome at 10:22 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

1927
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Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin

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Penicillin heralded the dawn of the antibiotic age. Before its introduction there was no effective treatment for infections such as pneumonia, gonorrhea or rheumatic fever. Hospitals were full of people with blood poisoning contracted from a cut or a scratch, and doctors could do little for them but wait and hope. Returning from holiday on September 3, 1928, Fleming began to sort through petri dishes containing colonies of Staphylococcus, bacteria that cause boils, sore throats and abscesses. He noticed something unusual on one dish. It was dotted with colonies, save for one area where a blob of mold was growing. The zone immediately around the mold—later identified as a rare strain of Penicillium notatum—was clear, as if the mold had secreted something that inhibited bacterial growth

1928
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Stock Market Crash of 1929

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On October 29, 1929, Black Tuesday hit Wall Street as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. In the aftermath of Black Tuesday, America and the rest of the industrialized world spiraled downward into the Great Depression (1929-39), the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world up to that time.

1929
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Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

1941
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D-Day

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The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

1945
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Polio Vaccine Discovered

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The first effective polio vaccine was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk and a team at the University of Pittsburgh that included Julius Youngner, Byron Bennett, L. James Lewis, and Lorraine Friedman, which required years of subsequent testing.

1952
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Kinney Drugs Celebrates 50 Years

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The post World War II economy demands convenience, diversity, and abundant parking - leading to a new "shopping center" concept.

1953
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1,000,0000 Prescriptions

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On June 24, 1959, Kinney Drugs celebrated 1,000,000 prescriptions.

1959
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Distribution Center Built

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The Kinney Drugs distribution center is built to service the tremendous expansion.

1962
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US Enters Vietnam War

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On March 8, 1965, the first American combat troops – the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade – waded ashore at China Beach north of Da Nang. There had already been limited U.S.naval action, and the bombing of North Vietnam had commenced. There were also 23,000 military advisors already on the ground. But all that activity was linked to intelligence gathering and support.

1965
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First Man on the Moon

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Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later.

1969
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Vermont

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The first Kinney Drugs opens in Vermont

1970
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World Wide Web Created

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Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989. The web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.

1989
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Cold War Ends

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The Berlin Wall, the most visible symbol of the decades-long Cold War was finally destroyed, just over two years after Ronald Reagan had challenged the Soviet premier in a speech at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” By 1991, the Soviet Union itself had fallen apart. The Cold War was over.

1991
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Dow Crosses 10,000 for the First Time

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The Dow Jones Industrial Index crossed 10,000 at the height of the dotcom stock bubble in March 1999.

1999
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ProAct

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Since 1999, ProAct has provided mail order prescription services to our customers.

1999
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9/11

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Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports in the northeastern part of the United States bound for California—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed.

2001
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Kinney Drugs Foundation

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In 2002, The Kinney Drugs Foundation was created. Since that time, the foundation has served the communities of Upstate New York and Vermont.

2002
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Kinney Drugs turns 100

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For a century, Kinney Drugs has served the communities in New York and Vermont.

2003
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Health Direct

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While started in 1982, Health Direct is incorporated in 2007 providing integrated pharmacy services to long term care and correctional facilities.

2007
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Employee Owned

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Kinney Drugs becomes 100% employee owned.

2008
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Noble

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In 2013, Noble is founded. Noble Health Services is a URAC and ACHC-accredited specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases.

2013
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KPH Healthcare

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In 2014, Kinney Drugs, ProAct, Noble & Health Direct Re-Branded as KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.

2014
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Bridget-ann Hart

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Bridget-ann Hart named President and Chief Executive Officer of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.

2014
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Jim Spencer

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Jim Spencer named President of Kinney Drugs.

2014
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#1 Pharmacy

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Kinney Drugs named #1 pharmacy in the nation for patient medication adherence by Caremark.

2016
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American Heart Association

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Kinney Drugs named #1 fundraising company in the nation for Wear Red Day by the American Heart Association.

2016
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#1 Pharmacy

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Kinney Drugs again named #1 pharmacy in the nation for patient medication adherence by Caremark.

2017
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Central Fill

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New state-of-the-art Central Fill Facility Opened.

2017
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New Point of Sale

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Full Kinney Drugs chain roll out of the LOC POS Systems.

2017
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Launch of tHRiVe Rewards

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On August 5th, 2018 Kiney Drugs launched tHRiVe Rewards, a new Points Based Loyalty Program.

2018

Kinney in the Community