Making a move: ND Pharmacy getting settled in new location
While ND Pharmacy may have changed locations recently, owner Bob Treitline said that hasn't slowed them down.
ND Pharmacy opened in its new location, inside Cashwise, on Dec. 18, 2017. Treitline said they shut everything down around 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, and then spent the next couple of days moving things over to open on Monday morning.
Treitline said the transition has been going well so far. He said they are typically busier at the end of the year, so that hasn't changed much with the move.
"We're just happy to over here," he said. "The people here have been really, really receptive for us to come. So, the transition's going to be really good I think."
ND Pharmacy spent about four months in the Family Fare building after it was closed in August. Treitline said they were not involved with the decision for the building to close.
"These kinds of things can't happen over night," he said. "It's not the kind of thing you can put in a mobile unit, you have to have a physical structure. So, that was really nice that they gave us the time to build."
While they were still there, he said business didn't really slow down for them.
"We were very fortunate," he said. "Our patients have been very, very supportive of us. We didn't see a dip at all. I think that's a reflection of the people that work here and are providing the service."
Ken Schaefer, assistant store director of Cashwise, said working with ND Pharmacy has been a good experience.
"It's just been awesome," Schaefer said. "They have a great clientele base and we've been getting a lot more traffic into here and the pharmacy people are very happy to be in Cashwise. So, it's been a win-win for everyone."
Schaefer said there was some extra work as the pharmacy had to build up walls for the space in the store, but overall it will work out.
"There was a lot of extra work, there's no doubt about that," Schaefer said. "The timing was kind of tough trying to do it during Thanksgiving week but obviously we managed to get through it and we're going to be a better store because of it."
The pharmacy has been a part of the Dickinson community for more than 30 years. It originally opened in 1983 and has been a part of Albertsons and Dan's Super Market. The pharmacy opened a new location around three years ago when the new Family Fare on Roughrider Blvd. opened.
"It's really been a great experience for me," Treitline said. "... It's been a good thing for us. I think we provide a service and hopefully people understand that we really support our community. We think western North Dakota is a wonderful place to be. We have great medical facilities in the community. We have good colleagues in the community."
Treitline said the community is lucky to have the number of providers it does in town and added that each one is a "little unique."
"It's a great working relationship in the pharmacy community," he said. "We're really, really fortunate. You don't have that in all of the communities. All of our guys and gals get along really well and I think that's really a positive thing. It enables us to provide better and more extended services in our community and that's a good thing."
In 2018, Treitline said they are excited to get settled and continue serving the Dickinson community.
"We'll finally figure out where all our pots and pans are I think," he said. "... Hopefully in the future we're going to add another terminal to be able to check people out a little more quickly. I think the great part of this location and this facility is that people can drop off their prescriptions and while they're doing their regular grocery shopping or whatever it gives a few minutes to be able to accommodate their medical services."
The pharmacy is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.