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Ely Community Pharmacy aims to grow; Shopko future uncertain

Keith Vandervort
Posted 1/31/19

ELY— With the uncertainty over the future of the Ely Shopko store and its pharmacy, the Ely Community Pharmacy is experiencing an uptick in business and is looking to expand their services.

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Ely Community Pharmacy aims to grow; Shopko future uncertain

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ELY— With the uncertainty over the future of the Ely Shopko store and its pharmacy, the Ely Community Pharmacy is experiencing an uptick in business and is looking to expand their services.

In a Facebook post last week, officials with the Ely Community Pharmacy, owned and operated by the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, indicated they are preparing for the future as the city faces the possibility of having just one pharmacy available for the entire area.

The recent announcement that Shopko will no longer cover some prescription services in the Blue/Cross Blue Shield health insurance program is already leaving some Ely customers scrambling to fill their prescriptions.

“We are currently preparing to meet the needs of our community through the uncertainty of the Shopko Pharmacy closure by adding staff, installing a second checkout, and exploring the possibility of expanding our hours to include Saturdays,” according to the post. “We will post any updates as we make changes.”

Ely Community Pharmacy is currently open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Contact Ely Community Pharmacy at 218-365-8788 for more information.

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