Michael Wyman, Shawn Grimm, and Craig MacLean opened up Fall River Guardian 10 years ago in the community. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s exactly what the three pharmacists/owners of Fall River Guardian are doing.

Back on Jan. 12, 2009, Craig Maclean, Shawn Grimm, and Michael Wyman opened up a new pharmacy in the growing community, located at 1470 Fall River Road next to the China Star Restaurant.

“The cozy 400 square foot space was a great location for a start up pharmacy in a busy strip mall next door to the Lockview Medical Clinic,” said Grimm. “It was a one person operation each day and featured a very small front store that was limited to over the counter medications.”

The three soon realized they were outgrowing the location and three years later moved up the road to the professional building on 1330 Fall River Road which offered double the space, and a small private room to perform private consultations and immunizations.

As with any prospective business, space availability and a great, visible location are important considerations.

When the former Scotiabank building on Highway 2 came up for sale, the pharmacists saw this as an opportunity for a long term investment and to be able to provide more services to their clients. The building was purchased in 2016 and the pharmacy relocated there later that year.

The new location offers extended hours into the evening and longer weekend hours, including Sundays. For the past two years the pharmacy has provided employment to the local community, hiring front store staff; including high school students with their first experience on the job market. The pharmacy also sponsors local sports teams and community events

Craig, Shawn, and Mike are proud of what they have achieved in the past 10 years and would like to thank their customers for their support over the years. Some of their current customers were with them when they first opened.

The pharmacy industry has changed a lot in the past 15-20 years.

Pharmacists are now able to provide primary care services such as prescribing, immunizing, and consultation.

The pharmacists at Fall River Guardian feel these services are essential to support our current health care system and this growing community.