Red Deer’s Medicine Shoppes expand

You can add an “s” to The Medicine Shoppe.

You can add an “s” to The Medicine Shoppe.

The Ross Street pharmacy recently opened a second location in Red Deer’s Lancaster subdivision. Operating under the same name, the new pharmacy occupies the former Stems Floral Gallery premises in Lancaster Centre at 2950 22nd St.

Randy Pumm, who is a partner in the new business and its pharmacist, said the shop is similar to its namesake at 3805 Ross St. That store was opened by Kevin Bredo in 2007 as a smaller, dispensary-style pharmacy.

Bredo is also an owner of The Medicine Shoppe in Lancaster.

Pumm confirmed that the new pharmacy will also focus on prescription products.

“We don’t do a whole lot of the over-the-counter-type stuff. It’s just purely pharmacy, with a small over-the-counter section.”

The Lancaster location differs from its Ross Street counterpart in that it does specialty compounding, said Pumm.

“We custom-make medications and that sort of thing,” he said, adding that this allows The Medicine Shoppe to formulate medicinal products that aren’t produced and sold commercially.

Pumm, who has worked as a pharmacist in the Red Deer area for five years, thinks Lancaster Centre is a good location for a pharmacy. In addition to being near the Lancaster, Inglewood, Vanier Woods and Anders subdivisions, it’s a stone’s throw from the Easthill Walk-In & Medical Clinic in Easthill Centre.

The Medicine Shoppe opened on Dec. 28 and is celebrating its grand opening this week. A special ceremony is planned for Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The shop is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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