Medicine Shoppe switches to drive-through option

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 4 May 2020 at 8:47 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Pharmacist Robert Hiller hands a prescription to a customer in the parking lot of The Medicine Shoppe. This picture was taken before the governor’s directive to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible. The pharmacy closed off its door to customers to minimize contact and opened up a storm door at the side of the building, from which the employees take turns waiting on drive-up customers.

MEDINA – Operating a business out of a small space at their office at 142 East Center Street in Medina has prompted the Medicine Shoppe to take measures to allow customers to distance themselves from other customers and staff.

Until further notice, the Medicine Shoppe has created a drive-thru service for pharmacy customers by removing the glass and screen from a storm door at the side of the building, which opens into an office area. Staff members take turns monitoring the door and greeting customers who can drive up in their vehicle.

Medicine Shoppe manager Robert Hiller said he wanted to keep staff and customers safe.

“If any of my employees get sick, we are all going to be quarantined for at least two weeks,” he said.

When delivering a prescription to a customer, Medicine Shoppe personnel wear a mask to further protect themselves and the public. On warmer days, Hiller even sits outside in a chair to watch for drive-up customers.

Robert Hiller, manager of The Medicine Shoppe in Medina, has set up a drive-through option for customers to eliminate personal contact in the one-room store. He takes advantage of a warm day here to wait outside for customers.

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