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Four Pharmacies?

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Does Monmouth really need FOUR pharmacies?

We already have Axline and Shopko in town, Brent Family Pharmacy in Oquawka and multiple pharmacies nearby in Galesburg.  The new Monmouth Walgreens is nearing completion, and just recently I noticed a sign in front of County Market proclaiming that its newly renovated store will be home to Warren County Pharmacy.

Methinks at least one of these Monmouth pharmacies will go belly-up.  You can be sure it won’t be Walgreens, the new big boy muscling in on the block.  I’m hoping that Axline’s drive-through, home delivery service and customer loyalty will save this local business.

Perhaps Axlines should look to ally itself with the County Market venture.  They certainly need to consider expanding their hours.  As a physician prescribing medications (most often by direct-to-pharmacy email prescription), I can say with absolute certainty that Axline loses a significant amount of business because they close at 6 P.M.  Right now that business usually goes to Shopko.  We’ll just have to see what happens once the new players open up.

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Written by Matthew

October 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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  1. I think Caterpillar’s new edict making Wal-mart and Walgreen’s the ONLY network pharmacies is going to really hurt a lot of the small full service pharmacies. No longer will those patients get to use home town, home delivered prescriptions without paying at least 25% of the full cost. Great for Caterpillar … not so good for their employees and retirees.

    Michael

    October 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

  2. Sorry to write this off post. I am interested in your thoughts about the H1N1 shot and flu shot. Pros and cons
    Thanks.

    Jenny

    October 19, 2009 at 12:45 am

  3. […] wondered before Warren County Pharmacy opened whether Monmouth could support four pharmacies.  I’m sad to see my suspicions born out and another locally owned & operated business […]


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