Independent pharmacy to open near SW corner of 21st, Ridge

05/07/2013 6:19 AM

05/07/2013 6:20 AM

A new pharmacy is opening in the west-side space where Lindsay Pharmacy closed late last year.

“Our plans are to open a small, independent pharmacy here at 21st and Ridge,” says pharmacist Darren Davis.

His Davis Family Pharmacy will open next month in about 1,000 square feet near the southwest corner of the intersection.

“When this became available, I guess I kind of thought maybe I could reclaim that atmosphere … where service and customer relationships come first,” Davis says.

“I grew up in a small town working at a little, independent pharmacy, and that’s kind of why I went to pharmacy school.”

Davis graduated in 1997 and worked for Walgreens for eight years.

He left in 2004 and has since been working for a long-term care pharmacy that services nursing homes.

“It’s never really felt the same as working for a small, independent pharmacy,” Davis says. “I would rather make less money and be able to know the customers by name and enjoy my job.

“It’s the way I want to practice rather than having a corporation telling me exactly what I have to do and what I can do,” he says. “They call them chain pharmacies for a reason because you’re in chains and can’t really do what you want to do.”

Davis Family Pharmacy will accept most major insurance plans and offer over-the-counter medicines.

“It looks totally different than the pharmacy that was here before,” Davis says.

He expects to be finished with remodeling in time to open June 1.

“I think people will come for service,” Davis says. “I don’t think a lot of people are happy with the service they get at the chains.”

Shawn Bauman, a pharmacy tech who also will help with marketing and customer relations, says there’s a void waiting to be filled in northwest Wichita.

“In the northwest part of Wichita, there is no traditional, locally owned pharmacy,” Bauman says. “This is going to give the people up here in northwest Wichita and the Maize area the chance to come and actually shop at a place where we’re going to be part of the community and giving back to the community.”

Davis says he’s kept in touch with his former colleagues in Kingman at Kingman Drug and told them of his plans.

“Everybody’s been real supportive of me doing this.”

Dental digs

After 16 years at 37th and Arkansas, dentist Tim Adams is moving his practice.

“The building is kind of outdated,” he says of where his self-named business currently is.

Adams wants to start over with a new space in a new area, so he’s moving to the southeast corner of 45th and Maize Road and renaming the practice Maize Family Dentistry.

His move to the 3,000-square-foot space will give him about 500 extra square feet.

“That’s part of it,” Adams says.

He also lives on the west side, so the move makes sense for him, but Adams says he’s particularly excited about getting new space, buying new equipment and updating his office.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The new office will open around August.

Curly’s place

A new restaurant is opening in the former Burger House space at Harry and Webb.

David Rohr and two partners, Carlos Magana and Stephen Joseph, are opening Curly’s American Diner on Monday.

“It’s just kind of an opportunity, and I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ ” says Rohr, who used to manage the Applebee’s near 47th and Broadway.

Curly’s is named after Magana’s nickname.

“It just kind of fit,” Rohr says.

The menu will include lots of comfort food, such as chicken fried chicken and steak, meatloaf and pot roast along with burgers and sandwiches.

There will be seating for about 100, and there will be a new banquet room that seats about 40.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Rohr says he’s working on a liquor license.

“We are planning on that eventually.”

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

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