Medicine Shoppe sells to CVS

WICHITA — After two decades in business, the Medicine Shoppe on West 21st Street a half mile west of 21st and Amidon is closing.

“It really was such perfect timing because I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete against the big three there,” owner Ricky Tejeda says of Dillons and Walmart, which are already at the intersection, and the new CVS that opens on the northwest corner on Sunday.

“The piece of the pie is just getting smaller and smaller.”

Tejeda says CVS bought his business.

“Yeah, they did because they didn’t want to open up with zero prescriptions,” he says.

CVS also offered him a job, which he’ll take, though Tejeda isn’t sure how long he’ll stay.

“Really, really the bottom line, I think I owe it to the patients that I service,” he says. “It would be worth the effort.”

Friday is the last day to fill a prescription at the Medicine Shoppe before it closes. Tejeda says Saturday will be an inventory day, and then customers can pick up their prescriptions at CVS on Sunday.

“We’re going to transfer everything that’s waiting for them right over there,” Tejeda says.

After that one day off, he says, “We’re ready to rock and roll.”