Thrifty White Drug is pleased to announce that it will be opening a pharmacy in Cold Spring Thursday, Jan. 28. The recent sale of the Snyder Drug Store and subsequent closing of the store has left the community without a pharmacy. Thrifty White worked with Mayor Schmitz, city administrator Larry Lahr and Jim Kraemer of the Economic Development Agency to see if it was feasible to bring a new pharmacy to town so people in the community did not have to take their business elsewhere. Thrifty White had excellent assistance from Larry Lahr arranging contacts and helping expedite the process of bringing in a new pharmacy. With the help of these city officials, we will be able to open a new pharmacy in just a few days when it normally takes up to 8 or 12 weeks.
Thrifty White has a 126-year history of operating pharmacies in smaller, rural communities and is excited to work with the community to keep pharmacy services available in Cold Spring.
Thrifty White has a pending pharmacy license with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. Thrifty White plans to operate its pharmacy in the Schurman Retail Center until a larger drug store can be built or located. Lynn Schurman, along with Alpha Development, Ordean Peterson and Jim Webb have been extremely helpful in making a space available to us on short notice so the community can go as few days as possible without a local pharmacy. The address is 20 South Red River Ave, Suite 100.
Pharmacy hours will be M-F 9-7, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 10-2. We are interviewing current Snyder Drug employees and hoping to fill as many positions as possible from that staff.
You can call in your prescriptions to our toll-free number (866) 903-5720. We will need the name of your prescription drugs, your doctor's name and the information on your prescription insurance card. We will contact your doctor to obtain a new prescription for you. Please call in your prescriptions a few days prior to running out so they arrive at your home in time.
We anticipate a very hectic first few weeks since every prescription will require extra work and time to get it into our pharmacy system. Please bring your prescription insurance card to the store with you to reduce the time it takes to enter your insurance information. We will need to receive a new prescription from your doctor before we can refill a prescription. We ask for everyone's patience as we create a new pharmacy in record time and train all employees on our computer systems. To avoid a long wait at the pharmacy as we contact your doctor, please call in your refill information a couple of days in advance.
Thrifty White will offer the same services as previously provided such as prescription mail-out service, deliveries and an interest-free 30 day charge program. Patients that use the same medication month after month can notify the pharmacy to have their prescription automatically filled and waiting for them on a set day of each month. Just ask about our "Ready Refill" program for more information. The company offers a 90-day $11.88 generic savings program on more than 350 prescription products.
Thrifty White Drug has contracts with most insurance companies and should be able to fill your prescription even if the insurance hasn't been accepted in the past. Let the store personnel know which insurance plan you would like to use and we will look into contracting with that provider.
Thrifty White Drug is an employee-owned chain of 88 drug stores based out of Maple Grove. Only current and past employees own shares of the company. Employees share in the results of the company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In this way, the profits of the company return to those employees that work in the rural communities where the company operates. The company is one of the 100 largest companies in the United States owned by its employees.
The company has been in business since 1884, and has always operated pharmacies in communities similar to Cold Spring throughout North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Montana. Surrounding Thrifty White stores are located in Willmar, St. Michael, Osakis, Alexandria, Brainerd, Princeton, and Milaca. All of the prescription records from the pharmacy in Cold Spring will be available to our pharmacists in all other Thrifty White stores if you need a prescription filled while traveling.
Thrifty White Drug is very excited to be in Cold Spring and looks forward to providing for the health-care needs of the community as we have in similar communities for more than 12 years.
Dave Rueter, V.P. of Personnel
Thrifty White Drug