By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
After the Lockeport PharmaChoice fire that closed down the pharmacy when smoke damage destroyed all of its stock, owners Bevin and Tatum Joudrie realized that they would need to quickly reopen another location in order to meet customers medical needs.
“We quickly realized the severity of the situation and set an ambitious goal to open within four days at a temporary location,” said Bevin Joudrie.
Staff, colleagues, friends, patients, businesses and the Lockeport community immediately rallied behind the local business.
“The level of support, concern and best wishes was overwhelming,” said Jodrie. “Any grief from the damage was easily overcome by the support given.”
With this help and support the pharmacy was successfully opened four days later at a temporary location of 16 Spruce Street, across from the Town of Lockeport offices and can be reached at 656-2211.
The small fire broke out on Nov. 11, a day when the store was closed at 9:40 a.m.
Joudrie received a call from the alarm company and then another from a someone in town who witnessed smoke streaming from the shop.
“The fire was fairly small but the smoke damage was extensive,” said Joudrie. “We lost all of our stock…with Christmas coming it was the largest amount of stock by far.”
Four fire departments with one on standby were on the scene to assist.
With clients counting on the local pharmacy for their medical needs the owner’s had to move quickly to reopen.
At first the job seemed daunting, with rules to follow and a long checklist of the proper resources to have in order to reopen.
“Our main goal was the pharmacy…everything else we do will be extra,” he said.
The warehouse where the pharmacy received their stock specially opened an extra four hours that night in order for the Lockeport Pharmacy to replenish its medicinal orders.
“There are people out there in this community that did so many things to help,” said Joudrie. “With our emotions already riding high because of the fire…they were amazing and there are so many we want to thank.”
He said that already they are thinking about what should be done before the Beech Street store reopens and hopes to put a positive spin on the fire by improving and modernizing the store.
“We are hoping to create a pharmacy patient area that lends to privacy for councilling.”
“We hope to have the best possible good come out of this…its hard to think this way early on but one day we will look back and see this as a highlight rather than a low because of the community’s response,” he said.
“”We want to thank everyone who lent a hand, sent best wishes, food and concern for our pharmacy and us. We are honoured to be part of this wonderful community and want to express our gratitude.”