Longs said that it has interviewed all of Mina’s employees interested in working at Longs and is hiring most of them.
Mina’s owners, Adel Etinas and Hany Guirguis, said they selected Longs after determining that it would be the best strategic partner and the best fit for Mina employees and patients.
“It’s been a privilege for us to serve this community for the past 18 years, and we owe it to our customers to ensure that they will continue to receive the highest quality of care,” Etinas said in a statement. “We spent a lot of time evaluating several options, and Longs Drugs was the best choice for our patients and our employees.”
The Mina stores that will be renamed Longs Pharmacy include pharmacies in Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Hilo. The four remaining Mina locations, as well as all prescription and insurance information, will be transferred to Longs; these are in Kapolei, Aiea, Wahiawa and Honolulu.
Mina Pharmacy started 17 years ago after Etinas and Guirguis, both pharmacists, met and discussed pharmacy business issues. They opened the first store in Honolulu in May 1998.