By Jan Tahn
Two Imperial natives who bought the Grant Pharmacy just over a year ago have continued to grow their business and have made some cosmetic changes since last fall.
Although delayed beyond the target date for completion, there’s no doubt the remodel at Grant Pharmacy was worth the wait.
Pharmacist Jason Burke laughed about the fact that his original intent was to “just redo the floor.” The project expanded into new paint, exposure of a section of cement blocks behind the north wall, and updates.
The main attraction is the floor. The beautiful grain of refinished hardwood is an attention-getter the moment the door is opened. Carpet was removed to expose original wood floors and the stroll toward the pharmacy counter is quite eye catching.
On the way toward the west end of the store where the pharmacy and cashier counters stand, there are displays of children’s games, toys and clothing on the south side, candles, adult clothing and jewelry on the north wall, with a long multi-tiered greeting card rack down the center.
The remodeling and re-arranging of the products began last August once Burke and partner/owner Jamie Hanes got settled in after purchasing the pharmacy from Jorje Geisert.
Now an affiliate of Health Mart Pharmacy, a new sign graces the front of the building. In addition to a prescription counter, there are multiple shelving units of over-the-counter products available.
Burke said they are working on expanding the gift line. The clothing on display is from an Imperial business, 509 Broadway.
Currently employed at the pharmacy are Pam Young, Katie McCoy, Kathleen Bartels of Imperial who helps part-time with prescriptions, and Cheri Burke, Jason’s mother, who fills in as cashier.
Burke and Hanes have also opened a pharmacy in the Holyoke, Colo. grocery store. Hanes is in charge of the pharmacy in Holyoke, and former Grant Pharmacy owner Geisert helps out. Hanes also continues to assist his father, Jim Hanes, who owns Adams Drug in Imperial.
Burke’s wife, Whitney, is also an Imperial native. She is the daughter of John and Angie Paisley and works as a registered nurse at Ogallala Hospital.
They have an infant son Silas Edward.
Hanes’ wife, Brandy, originally from Newman Grove, works part-time as a nurse practitioner at the Chase County Clinic in Imperial. The couple has three children.