Category Archives: Pharmacies

Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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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.

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CVS is working on three potential stores

UPDATED — CVS is getting serious about entering the Wichita market.

The Rhode Island-based chain of pharmacies is actively working on replatting property for possible store locations at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside and the northeast corner of Central and Oliver, according to documents filed with the planning department.

Early this year, Have You Heard? reported that CVS is working on a possible store at the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon. A source says that deal appears to still be on, and construction is likely to start next year.

CVS has been playing a little hard to get with Wichita for the last several years.

In 2006, Have You Heard? reported that the company completed its acquisition of 700 Sav-On and Osco drug stores, including 22 in Kansas. A spokesman said that meant Wichita’s three Osco stores – on North Amidon, South Seneca and East Harry – would convert to CVS stores along with 19 others around the state.

Less than a month later, Osco employees here were informed their stores would be closing instead.

Then, in late 2008, sources confirmed that CVS was in the market scouting locations.

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Two area Kwik Shops to be home to pharmacy pilot project

kwikWICHITA — Dillons and Kwik Shop are moving ahead with a pilot program to test Dillons pharmacies in two area Kwik Shop stores.

Have You Heard? reported this was a possibility in July.

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says construction will start late next month on Kwik Shops at 53rd and Maize and 37th and Ridge. The new pharmacies, which will include drive-throughs, will open in early spring.

Customers will be able to fill prescriptions and speak to pharmacists on site.

Kroger owns Dillons and Kwik Shop, and the pilot is designed to strengthen the partnership between the two and offer customers one-stop shopping for their fuel, pharmacy and grocery needs.

The two Kwik Shops also will be pilot projects for expanded ready-made meals, such as fried and rotisserie chicken and home-style side dishes.