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New Barney's will mean new clinic for Grovetown

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 1:01am  |  Updated: November 30, 2011 - 6:01am
Customer David Irwin (left) talks to pharmacists Tom Armistead (right) and Brent Hudson after the opening of a new Barney's Pharmacy in Louisville, Ga. In addition to the new Louisville store, Barney's is renovating its Wrens location and will break ground on a store in Grovetown.  Photo by Carol McLeod
Photo by Carol McLeod
Customer David Irwin (left) talks to pharmacists Tom Armistead (right) and Brent Hudson after the opening of a new Barney's Pharmacy in Louisville, Ga. In addition to the new Louisville store, Barney's is renovating its Wrens location and will break ground on a store in Grovetown.

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By next spring, Grovetown will have a new pharmacy and medical clinic.

Barney’s Pharmacy owner Barry Bryant plans to open a full-service pharmacy on Wrightsboro Road near Whiskey Road and Goodale Park. It will be his fourth store.

“The filling-the-prescription part is really the least of what we do,” said Bryant, who opened his third Barney’s in Louisville, Ga., in late September and opened a store in Wrens at the end of October.

Bryant also operates a Peach Orchard Road location, a closed-door pharmacy serving long-term care facilities, and a University Hospital pharmacy in Augusta and Evans.

“We’re kind of a little different, the scope of what we do,” he said. “We do everything.”
In addition to pharmaceutical services, Bryant said his stores also offer medical equipment such as walkers and slings, and larger equipment such as oxygen systems, wheelchairs and other power equipment, bath safety equipment and vehicle modifications in Augusta.

Like at the Augusta store, which is connected to Bryant’s Hope Medical Center, plans for the Grovetown location also include a 2,300-square-foot family medical clinic.

“It’s a one-stop shop,” Bryant said of the clinic. “So many families have no family doctor. They just go to the ER. They can come here, see a doctor, get a prescription, get a walker. They can get it all in one spot.”

Grovetown Mayor George James said the city has just one medical facility, Urgent MD in the former Grovetown post office location. He said the pharmacy and clinic are a welcome addition to the city, offering more services to residents.

“That’ll be fantastic,” James said. “We could use that. ... We’re looking forward to more of those types of things coming in and really just enhancing us (as a city).”

Bryant said he considered a location in the city several years ago but didn’t find a suitable site. He said he planned to build the new store by the end of the year but opted to move from his site to another on the same large lot to make way for the IGA store, which will be moving from the corner of Wrightsboro and Harlem-Grovetown roads.

“My hat is off to Barney’s for being willing to do that,” James said. “It’s good community relations.”

The change added a few months to the time line. Bryant said he hopes to break ground by the end of October. He expects to open the store and clinic in May.

“I just feel like we’re going to be right in the middle of a big need,” Bryant said. “We’re excited about it. I wish we were already there.”

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