After weeks of speculation throughout the community, Woods Supermarket Chief Executive Officer Craig Easter confirmed Friday that Woods has purchased the prescriptions from the pharmacies at the Bing’s Grocery Stores in Sedalia.
The sale only affects the prescriptions sold at the two Bing’s locations.
“We are pleased to announce that we will be transferring the scripts from the Bing’s East store to our existing Woods Pharmacy,” Easter said by phone Friday morning. “We will also be opening a satellite pharmacy on the southeast corner of the Bing’s West location to better serve our customers in that area.
“The new pharmacy will open at 8 a.m. Thursday,” he said. “The new location will be convenient for existing and new customers and with one new Woods Pharmacy location and our existing location in Sedalia we feel we will be able to serve customers with their prescription needs.”
Woods has seven existing pharmacies in Missouri including the Sedalia location and has been involved in prescription/pharmacy customer sales for more than 14 years.
According to Easter, there are several advantages to the buyout for customers.
“Our pharmacies cover the majority of most third-party insurance plans and with eight pharmacies in the state we can take advantage of our buying power and offer those savings to our customers,” Easter said. “We also have a great director, Rick Bhandari, who is in charge of all of our pharmacy locations who stays on top of all of the current laws, which is very important today for our customers.”
Easter said that over the last two days the pharmacists and technicians at the Bing’s stores were told of the sale.
“We are in the process of interviewing the employees who work in the pharmacies and speaking to them to see if they would like to relocate to our pharmacies,” Easter said. “I think most of them will be hired although I can’t say that for sure.
“We have excellent pharmacists and employees at our existing Sedalia location who will continue to serve both our current and new customers,” Easter said. “Woods is growing, especially in our pharmacy division, and we will work to make the move for our customers as easy as possible.”
Easter added that individuals seeking information about the transfer of prescriptions should call the Bing’s or Woods pharmacies.
A representative from Bing’s did not wish to comment on the sale at this time when contacted by the Democrat Friday morning.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.