WICHITA — A new pharmacy is opening in the west-side space where Lindsay Pharmacy closed late last year.
“Our plans are to open a small, independent pharmacy here at 21st and Ridge,” says pharmacist Darren Davis.
His Davis Family Pharmacy will open next month in about 1,000 square feet near the southwest corner of the intersection.
“When this became available, I guess I kind of thought maybe I could reclaim that atmosphere … where service and customer relationships come first,” Davis says.
“I grew up in a small town working at a little, independent pharmacy, and that’s kind of why I went to pharmacy school.”
Davis graduated in 1997 and worked for Walgreens for eight years.
He left in 2004 and has since been working for a long-term care pharmacy that services nursing homes.
“It’s never really felt the same as working for a small, independent pharmacy,” Davis says. “I would rather make less money and be able to know the customers by name and enjoy my job.
“It’s the way I want to practice rather than having a corporation telling me exactly what I have to do and what I can do,” he says. “They call them chain pharmacies for a reason because you’re in chains and can’t really do what you want to do.”
Davis Family Pharmacy will accept most major insurance plans and offer over-the-counter medicines.
“It looks totally different than the pharmacy that was here before,” Davis says.
He expects to be finished with remodeling in time to open June 1.
“I think people will come for service,” Davis says. “I don’t think a lot of people are happy with the service they get at the chains.”
Shawn Bauman, a pharmacy tech who also will help with marketing and customer relations, says there’s a void waiting to be filled in northwest Wichita.
“In the northwest part of Wichita, there is no traditional, locally owned pharmacy,” Bauman says. “This is going to give the people up here in northwest Wichita and the Maize area the chance to come and actually shop at a place where we’re going to be part of the community and giving back to the community.”
Davis says he’s kept in touch with his former colleagues in Kingman at Kingman Drug and told them of his plans.
“Everybody’s been real supportive of me doing this.”