Cedarville residents have been shopping for tools at Cedarville Hardware since 1952 but come May 19, the store’s contents will change from hardware to health.
“The big thing I’m going to miss about the store is coming in and smelling all the hardware,” said Cliff Fawcett, brother to Glenn Fawcett, late owner of Cedarville Hardware.
After they close their doors later this month, the building will go under major reconstruction to reopen later this year as Cedar Care Village Pharmacy.
“We personally believe that there’s a lot of opportunity in the local community pharmacy to serve people by providing immunizations, counseling services, and disease management programs,” said Dr. Marc Sweeney, the dean of the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy.
Since Clark’s Pharmacy closed last Fall, residents have not had a pharmacy in city limits, making the business venture by the university’s subsidiary ‘Cedar Care LLC’ not only crucial, but the location ideal.
“This is the cornerstone of downtown,” said Fawcett. “This is the main crossroads of downtown and we wanted a business here that would thrive, so a pharmacy just makes a lot of sense.”
Current Cedarville University professor, Dr. Jeb Ballentine, will step into the new role as pharmacist of the location giving current and future pharmacy students at the school, quality real world experience.
“He’s got a long track record of educating students and this will provide an opportunity for him to actually train students first-hand on a lot of his ideals of what a pharmacy should look like,” said Sweeney.
And after Cedarville Hardware owner Glenn Fawcett unexpectedly passed away in December, his brother Cliff said this is the perfect way to carry on Glenn’s legacy.
“What Glenn would want is a thriving business downtown that served the community,” said Fawcett.
According to a press release from the university, in the future they plan to implement a limited hours minute clinic and expand the retail services.