Mr. Norbert Keene was the owner and operator of the Center Street Drug Store for fifty years from 1925 to 1975.
Jake meets Norbert Keene when he gets to Derry. He shows up a number of times throughout the book, particularly with Jake reminiscing about Keene winking at him in the drugstore.
And the thin, bespectacled man in the white smock who was looking out at me just about had to be Mr. Keene. His expression did not say Come on in, stranger, poke around and buy something, maybe have an ice cream soda. Those hard eyes and that turned-down mouth said Go away, there’s nothing here for the likes of you. Part of me thought I was making that up; most of me knew I wasn’t.
- Part 2 / Chapter 2