Nine local pharmacies in Eastern North Carolina will be sold to CVS Pharmacy.
Three of the nine pharmacies will be converted to CVS pharmacies around July, and the remaining locations will be closed, according to a press release from the Medical Park Pharmacy Group, Family Care Pharmacy Group, and Havelock Drug Company. CVS and the pharmacy group are aiming for a seamless transition so patients' “access to pharmacy care is not interrupted.” All current employees of the pharmacy groups will be considered for positions at the closest CVS locations.
The three pharmacies being converted to a CVS are:
Family Care Pharmacy Swansboro, 1106B Maine St. Ext.
Medical Park Pharmacy, 301 Penny Lane in Morehead City
Medical Park Pharmacy Newport at 129 Nine Foot Road
The pharmacies being closed are:
Family Care Pharmacy Jacksonville, 114 B. Memorial Drive in Jacksonville (CVS receiving files: 400 Western Blvd.)
Medical Park Pharmacy East, 1513 Live Oak St. in Beaufort (CVS receiving files: 173 Live Oak St.)
Medical Park Pharmacy West, 278 N.C. 24 Suite M in Morehead City (CVS receiving files: 5008 Hwy 70 West)
Medical Park Pharmacy Washington, 1316 John Small Ave. in Washington (CVS receiving files 1020 John Small Ave.)
Medical Park Pharmacy Greenville, 1872 W. Arlington Blvd. in Greenville (CVS receiving files: 704 SO Memorial Drive)
Havelock Drug Company 1204 East Main St. in Havelock (CVS receiving files: 103 Catawba Road)
The first Medical Park Pharmacy opened in Morehead City in 1984 and the nine-store group has been serving the community with a focus on patient care and service for 35 years, according to the release.
Family Care Pharmacy Swansboro opened in November 2009. Eddie Fuller, the owner-manager of the pharmacy, called their tenure an “honor,” and said they gave customers “the best possible pharmacy service we could as long as we could.”
While CVS will conduct business differently than they did, Fuller said customers need not to worry about the changes.
“They can give us a call with any questions they have,” Fuller said. “They can talk to me and my staff and we’ll walk them through it.”
Rob Williams, vice president of Medical Park Pharmacy, cited rapid changes in the healthcare industry as the reason providing quality pharmacy care has become increasingly difficult.
“We determined that CVS Pharmacy is the company that can provide the consistency that our patients deserve and the piece of mind we desire for our employees," Williams said via the release.
George Peal, president of Medical Park Pharmacy, thanked customers for their support and assured their needs will still be met.
“Customers and patients will benefit from having a wider range of products and services available and continued pharmacy care from familiar faces,” Peal said via the release. “It has truly been a pleasure for our family and employees to serve your family.”
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