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Wayne Post
  • Sold: Pharmacy owner sells business for a ‘simpler life’

  • Stop by the Newark Village Pharmacy and a regular customer will find the doors locked.



    After nine years in business, owner Darren Pynn closed the pharmacy last Thursday, Nov. 29 — a move that came as a surprise to many residents who had made the store their hometown pharmacy.

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  • Stop by the Newark Village Pharmacy and a regular customer will find the doors locked.
    After nine years in business, owner Darren Pynn closed the pharmacy last Thursday, Nov. 29 — a move that came as a surprise to many residents who had made the store their hometown pharmacy.
    Pynn said he was first approached two years ago by CVS when the company was looking to expand into Newark. Pynn said the circumstances weren’t quite right at the time, so he turned the offer down. But when Rite Aid came to him not long ago, Pynn said it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn away.
    “It was definitely an opportunity,” he said. “It was an opportunity for me to focus on one pharmacy — one to manage is a simpler life.”
    Pynn operated the Newark Village Pharmacy where he sold a variety of gifts, over-the-counter medications and other medical supplies, as well as providing retail pharmaceutical services for walk-ins. He was also managing a long-term-care pharmacy. The second business, Wayne LTC Pharmacy, meets the needs of long-term-care facilities, group homes and assisted-living homes.
    Pynn said the sale of the retail pharmacy will allow him to focus solely on the LTC pharmacy and he hopes to improve and grow that business. The move will also allow him to be home each night in time for dinner with his wife and 9-year-old daughter.
    But it wasn’t an easy decision for Pynn, he said.
    “It was hard,” Pynn said. “They’re not just my customers, they were my friends. But nobody said the right thing to do was going to be easy.”
    Currently, Rite Aid has purchased most of Pynn’s inventory and all of his files. Pynn said working with Rite Aid, which has an existing business in the community, makes the changeover much easier. Pynn said sale of the property is still an option for the future as speculation and rumors circulate about possible but unconfirmed negotiations between Rite Aid and nearby property owners.
    For now, Pynn continues working out of the village pharmacy location. Customers prescriptions have been transferred to Rite Aid and most active prescription holders have already been notified by the company. Pynn said the Newark Village Pharmacy number is still a working number, but it now rings into Rite Aid on a dedicated line so employees there know they are dealing with newly transferred customers.
    Wayne LTC Pharmacy is accepting new clients and caregivers of long term care patients may call Pynn at 331-6128.
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