By Nicole Collins, Staff Writer
Locals now have a new pharmacy option, the Woodruff HealthMart Pharmacy (WHMP) located in the Brown’s Crossing strip mall (next to the former Taste of Home restaurant location).
Pharmacists from the former Fred’s Pharmacy, Charles Baumgardner and Tara Pinilla, partnered together to bring WHMP to the Woodruff area.
“[We] both love Woodruff and wanted to continue providing exceptional pharmacy services to the community,” said Pinilla.
WHMP is a locally owned pharmacy that is associated with the McKesson Health Mart Pharmacy franchise program. “As a part of their network we can provide competitive pricing on prescription medications and are able to offer more options and services to our patients,” said Pinilla.
Pinilla and Baumgardner started the process for this pharmacy in early 2019, shortly after the Fred’s pharmacy closed.
“It took a while to get licensed and to get contracted with insurance companies. Once we were ready to open, there were a lot of COVID-19 concerns, so we waited until June 1 to officially open,” said Pinilla.
The full-service pharmacy offers curbside, drive through, drop-off and pick up services. Immunizations and a wide variety of over-the-counter products are also available. Additionally, the pharmacy stocks a selection of health and beauty aids and a variety of household products for $1.
Pinilla serves as the full-time pharmacist, while Baumgardner is the main part-time pharmacist. Two other part-time pharmacists fill in when Pinilla and Baumgardner need time off. The pharmacy also staffs one full-time pharmacy technician and one part-time technician.
WHMP came on the scene just in time to fill the gap from the BI-LO pharmacy that closed on June 16 (the BI-LO store remains open), though it still competes with the CVS and Walgreen pharmacies.
“We offer fast, courteous service with competitive prices. Our customers are like family, and we try our best to help them as much as we can!” said Pinilla.
WHMP is located at 10195 US-221, Suite 5 and its hours are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Photo Caption: From left to right, Pharmacy Technician April Smith, co-owner Charles Baumgardner and co-owner Tara Pinilla.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Woodruff HealthMart Pharmacy