The company was founded in 1903 by Burt Orrin Kinney, a native of Gouverneur. The first drugstore was opened in Gouverneur, and the original store is still operating in the center of the town's business district. The company opened stores across the region, and in 1962 built a distribution center in Gouverneur.
As a leading regional drugstore, Kinney Drugs has a strong presence throughout the metropolitan areas of Syracuse, Watertown, and Plattsburgh; and also Burlington and the northern half of the state of Vermont. Many locations are freestanding stores with drive-thru pharmacies. In some smaller towns such as Bomoseen, Kinney's also operates pharmacies with a smaller selection of general merchandise.
Besides their drug stores, they operate ProAct prescription benefit management firm, HealthDirect institutional pharmacy services, Noble Health Services and HealthDirect mail order pharmacy services.
- "Kinney Drugs Online". Kinney Drugs. Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-07-22.
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