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Forget the Dogfish Head/Boston Beer merger — we’re still not over Happy Harry’s 2006 acquisition by Walgreens.
But not as much as Reddit user poncewaddle, who continued to use Happy Harry’s original happy.com URL to get to Walgreens.com until the bitter end:
A quick whois search confirms that happy.com does still belong to Walgreens of Deerfield, Illinois, and there was an update on May 2, 2019. The domain expires on May 6, 2020.
A little history, if you’re new to the area: Happy Harry’s Drugstore was a Delaware institution from 1962 through early 2006, when the local chain was acquired by Walgreens. Founder Harry Levin’s iconic smiling face and the Happy Harry’s branding remained on the stores until Walgreens rebranded them all beginning in 2011.
Walgreens stores (and drugstores in general) are still commonly called Happy Harry’s by many Delawareans (including me). So, if someone asks you to run to the Happy Harry’s, they just mean whatever pharmacy that sells a bunch of general items is most convenient.
Happy Harry’s isn’t completely wiped off the internet just yet: The Cannery Shopping Center Happy Harry’s (which still exists as a Walgreens) still has the remnant of a Facebook page, and an active I Worked at Happy Harry’s public Facebook Group, where you can find throwback photos, vintage branded items and the occasional Happy Harry’s tribute, from t-shirts to tattoos.
As for that happy.com domain: We’re dying to know what it sells for.-30-
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