New owners for Pfaff Pharmacy

The soda fountain will continue to flow, and the name and operations will remain the same, but new owners took over the helm of Pfaff Pharmacy on Wednesday.
Marie Havenga
Dec 19, 2013

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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Funny they are 'anti-bigbox', but have close to 40 stores themselves.

I see there are new owners of Southtown Market now also.


Do you know the definition of "Big Box Stores"? Has absolutely nothing with amount of stores you own. You can own a chain of 500 stores and be anti-big box. Here's a little research for you.
Definition of 'Big Box Retailer'

A retail store that occupies an enormous amount of physical space and offers a variety of products to its customers. These stores achieve economies of scale by focusing on large sales volumes. Because volume is high, the profit margin for each product can be lowered, which results in very competitively priced goods.


You say bigger, I say bigger. Thanks for the input, you know where you can input it. At least you used the correct 'to' this time. lol


Seems kind of self-serving to define big box by each store instead of the number of total square feet your stores occupy, not to mention the kind of prices with suppliers you can negotiate based on volume. But since it's me saying it, I expect you'll disagree. . .


In big box, yes self-serving, in small 40+ stores, no self serve, sorry. Yes, negotiate w/that many stores does help based on volume, you are correct. No disagreement here. But wth, no Obamacare tirade?

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