GRAND OPENING CEREMONY MONDAY, APRIL 3 10:00 AM
645 HARRISON STREET, HOPE, IN 47246
Lester Burris, vice president/manager of Panacea Pharmacy
Residents of the Town of Hope got some good news last night — next year the town will be getting its first pharmacy in more than 30 years and it will fill a historic building on the Town Square.
Lester Burris with Panacea Pharmacy made the announcement during last night’s state of the town meeting. He said that his company would be opening a pharmacy in the former Irwin Union Bank Branch and Hope Star-Journal building on the Town Square.
Burris said that Hope’s demographics make for a good fit.
“We are finding that in other small communities around the state, where they used to have things that have moved to bigger cities… there is still a need, especially for a health care type of service in those communities,” Burris said. “A lot of times people are just going without. I think there is a certain need for it here.”
Burris credited Town Manager J.T. Doane with selling the pharmacy owners on the attraction of the town.
“Kind of like the slogan — it is a surprising little town. We found that to be true,” Burris said.
Panacea Pharmacy operates two other pharmacies, one in Bloomington and one in New Castle, Burris said.