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Pharmaca coming to the Windy City

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First Chicago store extends integrative pharmacy chain beyond western U.S.

BOULDER, Colo. — A pair of independent pharmacy acquisitions will bring Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy beyond the western United States to the Windy City.

Pharmaca said Wednesday that it has entered an agreement to buy Aaron’s Apothecary in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, the chain’s first location in the nation’s third-largest city.

In addition, Pharmaca has expanded its presence in the nation’s largest city, Los Angeles, with the acquisition of Roxbury Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pharmaca currently operates two stores in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades and Brentwood communities.

Financial terms of the transactions weren’t disclosed. Pharmaca said the ownership transition for both pharmacies is under way and that it plans to hold grand openings on Oct. 7 for the Beverly Hills Pharmaca and on Nov. 4 for the Chicago Pharmaca.

“We look forward to continuing the excellent standard of customer service that Roxbury and Aaron’s have been providing their customers for so many years,” Pharmaca chief executive officer Richard Willis said in a statement. “We’re pleased that now we’ll be able to serve an even greater number of customers in the Los Angeles area and to expand our footprint nationally.

“We feel strongly that Pharmaca is a great fit for the Chicago market, where consumers are already interested in integrative health, wellness and natural beauty,” Willis added.

With the new locations, Pharmaca will have 28 pharmacy stores and two Pharmaca Wellness & Natural Beauty stores in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

“Pharmaca’s strong customer-service model is a great fit for this neighborhood and for this pharmacy in particular,” stated Aaron Pietrykowski, owner of Aaron’s Apothecary He added that he looks forward to being part of the Pharmaca team while maintaining his vision for a more personalized pharmacy experience.

Along with a full-service pharmacy department, Pharmaca stores feature prescription compounding, specialty medications and in-store immunizations. The chain also offers an extensive selection of vitamins and supplements, natural beauty products and guidance from a team of licensed health care practitioners.

“I’m excited to partner with Pharmaca to better serve my customers with both traditional pharmacy offerings and alternative and complementary health care options,” commented Greta Goldshtein, the owner of Roxbury Pharmacy.


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