By Richelle Primm, SVI Media
Our Valley Pharmacy celebrated it’s Afton grand opening Friday, June 28, with a ribbon cutting, balloon animals and lots and lots of hamburgers.
Steve Staley, the lead pharmacist in Afton, said with the closing of Shopko and its’ pharmacy Our Valley Pharmacy saw a need to expand to Afton.
“As long as I have lived here and long before there’s always been two pharmacies in Afton,” Staley said. “I thought a second one would be needed to better serve the community.”
Our Valley Pharmacy opened its first location in Thayne in November 2013. Three years later it opened its second location in Alpine. The opening in Afton makes it the third location for Our Valley Pharmacy.
“We serve from one end of the valley to the other,” Staley said. “We have customers all the way from Swan Valley to Cokeville.”
Staley said the computer systems are all tied together between the different locations, so if you happen to be in Alpine but see a doctor in Afton, Our Valley Pharmacy would still be able to take care of you and meet your needs.
The Afton location will include medical and first aid supplies, a full service pharmacy, a drive-thru window, year-round vaccinations, particularly flu and shingles, and will have the ability for a compounding pharmacy, Staley said.
“Medicines that are not already built can be built in house,” he said. “We have the equipment to have [the compounding pharmacy] but we just need time to get it open.”
Staley said having this resource provided in their locations keeps people from having to travel long distances to get their medication. He said some people would have to travel as far as Denver, Salt Lake, or Idaho Falls, but now they don’t have to.
Staley has been a pharmacist in Star Valley for 26 years and has enjoyed working with many of the other local pharmacists.
“We have a lot of local people employed at the pharmacies. Some have been here for 40 years. Most employees have even grown up here,” Staley said. “We are a local business–we know the people and their families.”
Our Valley Pharmacy is located at 307 S. Washington St. It shares the building with Hi Mountain Floral. Its’ business hours are M-F 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. To contact Our Valley Pharmacy-Afton location, call 307-885-6337.