Business as usual at Pharmasave


Gordon’s Pharmasave is changing hands at the end of the month, but customers shouldn’t see many changes to Kincardine’s only downtown drug store.

Ron and Marla Chapleau have confirmed that they have sold the business to a pair of businessmen. After more than two years of working seven-days-a-week, the Chapleaus decided it was time for a change.

“We’re hopefully going to keep working here; just a little less often,” Ron said Wednesday. “We’re finding a balance between being pharmacists and being parents, with more (emphasis) on the parent side.”

The couple has young children and realized this was an excellent time to cut back on their hours of work. The new owners are looking for someone to come in and take over the day-to-day management of the pharmacy.

Chapleau said the new owners are committed to the clinical side of the business. They expect to be cutting-edge as new demands on pharmacists, including the possibility of prescribing medication and doing blood work, become part of the job in the future.

Ron and Marla expect to remain with the company, and work in the store. With a new management team in place, the pharmacy will operate more as a team, like it did under its previous owner. Ron said Kincardine is an excellent place to be a pharmacist.

“We love Kincardine and it has worked out well for us,” he said. “We enjoy it as healthcare professionals and working with the doctors. They are very generous.”

The sale becomes official Sept. 30 and the new owners take over at the beginning of October. The Chapleaus will remain in their current roles for a short time to smooth the transition to new management. Although new owners are taking over, Chapleau said he doesn’t expect many noticeable changes.

“There will be some (small changes),” he said. “But, the way the new owners have been talking to me, it’s going to be business as usual.”