City Market closes pharmacy at St. Mary’s
City Market has closed its pharmacy at St. Mary’s Hospital after officials with the grocer determined other nearby pharmacies made the hospital site unnecessary.
The pharmacy closed Sept. 1 after 14 years of leasing space in the hospital, City Market spokeswoman Kelli McGannon said Thursday.
“The geography for us just no longer made sense, especially having a retail store close by,” McGannon said.
City Market has in-store pharmacies at two locations within two miles of St. Mary’s: 1901 N. First St. and 200 Rood Ave.
The pharmacy at 425 Patterson Road was convenient for hospital patients and was the only pharmacy in the Grand Valley open late at night.
But McGannon said people still will be able to fill prescriptions after-hours because the City Market pharmacy at 200 Rood Ave. extended its hours and will be open until 10 p.m. seven days a week.
McGannon said the two pharmacists at the St. Mary’s location transferred to other Grand Junction-area City Market pharmacies.
She said she didn’t know whether any technicians at the hospital site or any other City Market pharmacies were laid off because of the closure.
City Market didn’t publicly announce the closure. Instead, it mailed letters to people who had filled descriptions at the location after the pharmacy already had closed. The signs for the pharmacy at St. Mary’s have been removed, and a large Dumpster filled to the top sits outside the former entrance to the pharmacy.
St. Mary’s spokeswoman Samantha Moe said she doesn’t know what the hospital plans to do with the empty space.