Newaygo-based HomeTown Pharmacy purchased the long-time Grand Haven pharmacy at 1125 Washington Ave. from Dwayne Bloemers, who decided to retire after leading the east-side business for the past 33 years.
Besides discontinuing beer and wine sales, HomeTown Pharmacy Chief Operating Officer Jim Mathews said customers will see few changes and can expect the same quality service as before the transition.
Mathews, who lives in Grand Haven, said he has been interviewing Pfaff Pharmacy employees and that many, if not all, will remain with the business.
Mathews and Bloemers knew each other from pharmacy school at Ferris State University (then College) in the 1970s. Mathews went on to launch Dunewood Pharmacy in Grand Haven in the mid-1980s.
Mathews said the acquisition is typical of the close to 40 pharmacies now owned by HomeTown Pharmacy. Its portfolio includes Keefe's pharmacies in North Muskegon and Ravenna.
“We’re the anti-'big box' store,” he said. “We have grown mostly by acquiring independent pharmacies.”
Neither Mathews nor Bloemers would disclose the sale price.
According to store manager Marcie Lynch, the pharmacy was founded in 1910 by Van I. Witt. Carl Hetzel purchased it in 1923. Cliff Pfaff bought out Hetzel 30 years later.
Mathews said his company has big shoes to fill.
“We just hope to keep running it much the same as Dwayne and Cliff did,” he said. “Dwayne and his staff, and Marcie in particular, have been an integral part of this community for many, many years. They’ve been very involved in the community and we fully intend to continue that tradition.”
Lynch said she’s been impressed so far with HomeTown Pharmacy’s personal approach.
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