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Princeton Pharmacy opens at new location

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Pharmacist Lisa Stefani, owner of Princeton Pharmacy, stands in the business' new location at 610 N. Main St. at Harvest Commons. Employees behind the counter are Shannon Townsend (left to right), pharmacy tech; Chris Cikanek, pharmacy tech; Jennifer Phillips, pharmacist; Mary Hassler, pharmacy tech, and Donna Purl, pharmacy tech.

PRINCETON — A longtime pharmacy in Princeton is open for business in a new location with a new name but with the same staff and hours.

Princeton Pharmacy, formerly Kirby-Henning Pharmacy, opened Monday at its new location at 610 N. Main St.

Pharmacist Lisa Stefani, who has owned the business since January of 2003, said she decided to change the name to have a new start at its new location located within Harvest Commons, a new building complex developed by Ray Mabry of Princeton.

Work began on Harvest Commons last December when ground was broken after two houses had been demolished there to make room for the complex.

“One of the primary reasons we moved was to have a more user friendly drive-up,”’ she said. “A drive-up window is more popular these days than it was in the past.

“This building was built with a drive-up while the other location, the drive-up was added on. It was awkward for our customers to access it and was really hard for them to see when exiting,” added Stefani. “I loved the old historic building, but I like the new location being more centralized.”

The new building is slightly smaller in size than the older location, but Stefani indicated the newer building uses space more efficiently than the older one at 501 S. Main St. in Princeton.

Stefani likes the immunization room at her new location. “We started this two years ago in a semi-private room that was an office with no door,” she said. “We now have a private, separate area for immunizations. We are focusing on wellness more, and immunizations are a part of that.”

Princeton Pharmacy will still carry the gifts and toys it carried at the older location.

Stefani said prescriptions for customers who were previously able to walk to the pharmacy from the Princeton Hi-Rise or Clark House can now be delivered from the new store to these locations.

“Monday was the first day we were open at the new location, and we had positive responses, mainly to the handicapped accessible door to get into our location,” she said.

The parking lot for customers to get to Princeton Pharmacy is located in the back of the building.

Another reason for moving was the plans to have a public space in front of the building next to Main Street for people to enjoy during nice weather if they are out walking along North Main Street, added Stefani.

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