Bellingham pharmacy ends retail to focus on its other services

A local pharmacy has turned over the retail portion of its business to another company to better focus on other services.

Custom RX Shoppe Pharmacy at 1313 E. Maple St. has merged its retail operations with the Sehome Village Rite Aid at 220 36th St. Letters were sent out to affected customers informing them that the Rite Aid store will handle their prescriptions.

The change was made so Custom RX could focus on its compounding or personalized medicine as well as its long-term care services, said Kevin Faris, co-owner of the company.

Faris cited several factors that led to the change, including a desire to better focus on the remaining services and increased competition in the retail market. The pharmacy opened in 2003. Details about the company can be found at customrxshoppe.com.

“It was a hard decision, but I believe it was the right one,” Faris said, adding that he was thankful for the years of support. “I have a lot of appreciation for those who wanted to shop at a local pharmacy.”