The Haller’s Pharmacies group represent over 100 years of service to our local communities We believe that locally owned and operated pharmacies are a vital part of our local community to ensure the health and vitality of our patients. Each of our locations have a long legacy of serving its local communities and our staff is committed to serving our patients with our core values.
Walt Haller’s Story
During World War II the U.S. Navy brought Walter Haller and his bride-to-be Lenna Belle Flannery from Southern Indiana to the Naval Air Station in Alameda. Following the war, with Belle’s encouragement, Walt attended the University of California Medical School of Pharmacy. Because Lenna Belle had worked in drug stores while in Indiana and throughout the war, she continued at Miller’s Drug Store in Alameda while Walt was in school. Following Walt’s graduation, the two sold their home in Alameda to finance the purchase of a small Rexall pharmacy in Newark. The success of that business led to an invitation from Dr. Guy Romito for the Hallers to open a pharmacy in his medical building in Fremont’s Centreville District. The store opened in March 18, 1957.
From the very beginning, Walt and Belle’s focus was to provide a professional pharmacy dedicated to the needs of the community. Walt kept his business open all days of the year, even Christmas, because, as he frequently would say, “Sick people don’t have holidays.” As requested by Doctors, Walt kept his Pharmacy open at all hours of the night. Haller’s became the first Pharmacy in the area to offer products such as crutches, wheelchairs, hospital beds, and various other medical supplies.
Walt grew the business to four locations in Fremont/Newark, but it was always a family business operated by Walt and Belle and staffed by daughters Mary and Jeanne and others who became part of the Haller’s Pharmacy Family. After close to 20 years of 14-hour days, 7 days a week, Walt sold the business in 1975, but the legacy of service and uniqueness of Haller’s Pharmacy as an independent, professional pharmacy continues to this day.
In the 1990s, Walt and Belle and daughter Mary moved to Oakdale, California. Daughter Jeanne lives with her husband in Morgan Hill.
Walter M. Haller, died peacefully on Jan. 28, 2016, at the age of 96. He was preceded by the death of his lovely wife. Lena Belle, who died in 2004.