In addition to a new computer program that finalizes prescription sales, customers have noticed a few new faces in the local pharmacy, Don’s Drug Store, in recent weeks.
Owners Ken Krehbiel and Keith Schooler quietly sold not only Don’s, but also two others they own in McPherson and Moundridge, all without the usual community discussion that accompanies a business in the process of changing hands.
All three drug stores have been purchased by Bryan Bombardier and Steve Kuder and will be known as Central Kansas Pharmacies. All three stores will remain at their present locations in their respective communities.
Bombardier and Kuder both hold Doctor of Pharmacy degrees and have several years of retail pharmacy experience. Bombardier is a graduate of Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Kuder is a University of Kansas School of Pharmacy graduate.
Bombardier is also a former Army officer. His specialty is finding natural and holistic products to achieve better health. He enjoys compounding and is expanding compounding services in the pharmacy.
Kuder is a longtime pharmacy manager and specializes in medication synchronization. He helps customers simplify their medical regimens.
Previous owners Krehbiel and Schooler will remain as staff pharmacists. Several other employees familiar to the community also will stay on. A few new faces may be in the mix as time goes on.
“Ken and Keith have built a solid foundation with a history of quality service in the towns they have served,” Kuder said. “We are excited to learn more about the communities and customers from them and are pleased they will continue to be staff pharmacists in our stores.
“We have done our best to make the transition easy and seamless, while also updating our technology to better serve our customers.”
CK Pharmacies are independently owned Health Mart pharmacies.
“We want customers to feel like our neighbors,” Kuder said. “We strive to make every customer our priority. Our staff is experienced and will explain prescriptions so each patron fully understands what the medication is, how to take it, and how it works.”
Bombardier and Kuder say they are looking forward to meeting their customers and becoming familiar with the communities they serve.
“We plan to be a part of things for many years to come.”