The Lady Marian Plaza is now the home of a brand new pharmacy for McDowell County as well as the new location for a Hospice resale shop already doing business here.

On Thursday, the Prescription Pad of Marion opened in the old bank building at the shopping center on the five lane, formally known as North Main Street. This is a new pharmacy for McDowell but the second location for the Prescription Pad of Burnsville, which has been in business for eight years now.

Anthony Randolph and Andrew Stoker are the owners and partners with both Prescription Pads.

“It is an area we really, really like,” said Randolph to The McDowell News. “We’re all about trying to be part of the community.”

Like the one in Burnsville, the Prescription Pad of Marion offers everything you need from a pharmacy. Lee Abrams, who was a pharmacist at CVS in Marion for many years, is now working at the Prescription Pad. Bailey Norris Huskins, who also worked at CVS, is the other pharmacist.

Randolph said the Prescription Pad of Marion will have around five to seven employees, including the pharmacists. More employees will likely be added in the future.

The interior of the old bank building has been redone to become the new Prescription Pad of Marion. It has a drive-through window. The Marion store uses red and blue colors like the colors of the McDowell High Titans, Randolph said.

In addition to getting prescriptions filled, customers will be able to buy other items like other-the-counter medicines, toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, chips and sodas.

Like its counterpart in Burnsville, the Prescription Pad of Marion will offer a free 30-day supply of multi-vitamins for children. The idea is to build a relationship with families, said Randolph.

Located at 211 N. Main St., the Prescription Pad of Marion will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday. But Randolph said those hours can change depending on how business shapes up.

The new pharmacy first opened its doors on Thursday but a more formal grand opening is scheduled for July. A website and a Facebook page are in the works.

For more information, call 659-9727.

Just beyond the new pharmacy, Hospice of the Carolina Foothills has moved its resale shop into the former Sears store at the Lady Marian Plaza. It is set to open on Monday, April 1.

Hospice of the Carolina Foothills has been here since 2011 and the resale shop was located for years in the old Carolina Tire building on the five lane. But the 9,800-square-foot old Sears store at the Lady Marian Plaza offered more room and better parking, said Heidi Owen, vice president of business development.

“Hopefully, we will be there for many years to come,” said Owen to The McDowell News. “We’re a non-profit Hospice serving McDowell County patients and the proceeds from the store go to McDowell County patients who we care for in their home and our inpatient unit in Forest City, regardless of their ability to pay. And we welcome shoppers and donors to the store because it enables us to provide that care. We’re thankful for the support over the years to allow us to care for our patients.”

Sherry Johnson, area manager for the resale stores, said Hospice of the Carolina Foothills has three resale stores in Marion, Forest City and Landrum, S.C. The proceeds from each store are used for Hospice care in their respective communities.

“All proceeds here go to McDowell County patients,” said Johnson. “We’re super excited about being in this building.”

The resale store will carry gently used furniture, appliances, household goods and clothes. It will have two full-time workers and three part-time workers along with 10 volunteers.

“We’re always looking for volunteers,” said Johnson.

It will accept donations at the store and pickups will be available for folks wanting to donate large items like furniture.

The Hospice of the Carolina Foothills resale store in Marion will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, you can call 559-0234.

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