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2nd Pharmacy Debuts Near Fair Haven Clinic
by Allan Appel | Oct 11, 2013 2:21 pm
Posted to: Business/ Economic Development, Health, Fair Haven
The Hancock Pharmacy was looking for an additional location—preferably in a building to own, nearer the Fair Haven Health Clinic, and with parking.
Fair Haven Alderwoman Migdalia Castro was trying to rid the parking lot at James and Grand of late-night customersmore interested in drug-dealing than in ordering chicken wings.
The happy result was on display Friday afternoon at the grand opening of the New Haven Pharmacy at James and Grand: a new locally-focused store with plenty of parking.
The corner now features one family-business more to help make Grand Avenue a “destination,” said Alderwoman Castro, who midwifed the project.
In the balloon-filled parking lot, dozens of well-wishers partook of local ice cream and hot dogs and handouts from the city health department about lead inspections.
Castro organized a health fair or sorts to market the pharmacy and highlight its “localism.”
Many of the employees of the three-year-old Hancock Pharmacy and its new New Haven Pharmacy a couple of blocks away live in the neighborhood, some above the stores.
Carlos Vasco (pictured), a native of Colombia, for example, lives on Exchange Street. He is one of the drivers for both pharmacies. He said he enjoys his job tooling about in the little Toyota, which the owners illustrated with pictures of happy-looking pills.
The pharmacies pick up prescriptions and deliver without charge.
Owner Raj Appalaneni said that while chains focus on about half their business on non-pharmaceutical items, his smaller stores are all about prescriptions: filling them quickly and efficiently and delivering.
He said 25 percent of the business includes delivery by Vasco and the other drivers. About 35 percent of customers are elderly, he said.
Appaleni’s (pictured) heads the Hancock Pharmacy Group, which his general manager Chandra Jakka says owns 15 pharmacies in Connecticut.
Of those four are in New Haven, now two on Grand Avenue; one at 491 Chapel Street; and the former Bernies on Howard Avenue in the Hill.
While the new pharmacy gets underway, the Hancock Pharmacy, which is at Grand and Blatchley, will continue with business as usual. There are no plans to merge the two sites.
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