Shaun Wiebe sorts out some pills at Wiebe’s Pharmacy on 35th Street which opened in April.

Shaun Wiebe sorts out some pills at Wiebe’s Pharmacy on 35th Street which opened in April.

Pharmacy opens doors

A new pharmacy has opened up on the edge of downtown in Vernon's Discovery Plaza

A new pharmacy has opened up on the edge of downtown in the Discovery Plaza and is focused on keeping people healthy and great customer service.

Shaun Wiebe has persevered throughout the closing of his pharmacy in Target and opened up Wiebe’s Pharmacy on 35th Street in April.

“It was pretty discouraging right from the get go with Target and especially once they closed,” said Wiebe. “Luckily, I had a friend recommend me to this spot and it’s been going great.”

Wiebe hails from the small town of Herbert, Sask. Its population is less than 800.

He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 and was immediately recruited to come work in Vernon.

Wiebe was able to keep the majority of his clients from Target, while meeting some new people living in the area.

“The store is in a good spot, it’s surrounded by other medical facilities,” said Wiebe. “It has been a work in progress, but I am able to pick up a lot of new clients.”

“It’s a smaller store, but I feel like I’m doing a great job of building the small town connections,” said Wiebe.

There are plenty of over the counter remedies like cough and sleeping pills, along with prescriptions, vaccinations and injections.

“This is more than a retail store. I’m about personal service and building the one on one experience,” said Wiebe.

Open seven days a week, he mostly works by himself, except when his wife comes in to help him out.

 

 

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