After losing one longtime pharmacy over the summer, Goshen is soon to get a new one.
Cure Pharmacy will be opening downtown at 6 North Church St., the site of the former Legoland New York welcome center. Owner Amir Amgad said he hopes the pharmacy will be up and running by the end of 2019.
“We are anticipating an opening date by November/December, if all goes according to plan,” he said.
They’re currently halfway through the process of re-fitting the building for use as a drugstore.
The banner announcing the coming of Cure Pharmacy says it welcomes back all Baxter’s Pharmacy customers. Baxter’s closed its doors on June 24 after a 36-year run at its 62 West Main Street location. Customers’ prescriptions were transferred to the CVS Pharmacy at Goshen Plaza.
Once the new drugstore is open for business, transferring prescriptions to Cure Pharmacy will be simple, Amgad said. Just stop in, give your name, and make the request. Cure Pharmacy will complete the transfer.
Baxter’s Pharmacy had a loyal following of customers who appreciated the personal service of a smaller pharmacy that was not part of a chain. Amgad said he’s aware of how people feel, and that he’ll be offering that personal service at his pharmacy.
“We’re bringing back the mom-and-pop feel like they had in Goshen, but with more services,” he said.
A wide range of offerings
Cure will be offering free prescription pick up and delivery, which is so important to senior citizens, and a special cash plan for uninsured and underinsured patients. As a compound pharmacy, Cure can often tailor drug formulas to meet patients' needs. Medical equipment for people with disabilities will also be available at the store.
Furthermore, pet medications will be on hand. And, in a joint venture with UPS, people can drop off and pick up packages.
“All of our plans aren’t complete yet," Amgad said. "We’re putting together a draft of services."
Partner Raymond Aziz is working with Amgad in opening the new store. Both Amgad and Aziz are pharmacists, as are both of their wives.
Although they haven’t selected a pharmacist to be in charge of the Goshen location, said Amgad said they are currently “diligently looking to find the right person."
Amgad pointed to the affordable pricing of a small pharmacy.
“The management level isn’t the same, so we won’t have to up prices to cover upper corporate levels," he said. "We’re two people, we make less profit, but we’re happy with that."
Amgad said they want Cure "to be the neighborhood pharmacy where people come in to say ‘hi,’ and where we can provide more than just tablets in a bottle. We want to bring back the lost art and real human connection that each patient and member of the community should have with their healthcare practitioner, and truly help in making people healthier, one conversation at a time.
“We want to provide a pharmacy that truly helps everyone in our community and take care of all of their medication needs. We are eager to bring what the people of Goshen need, right to their doorstep, both literally and figuratively."
"We want to be the neighborhood pharmacy where people come in to say ‘hi,’ and where we can provide more than just tablets in a bottle. We want to bring back the lost art and real human connection that each patient and member of the community should have with their healthcare practitioner, and truly help in making people healthier, one conversation at a time." -- Amir Amgad