New beginnings for Sinyard’s Pharmacy
here’s a welcoming feeling when you walk through the doors of the newly constructed Sinyard’s Pharmacy at 17 Harvey Street in Harbour Grace. A warm greeting can be heard when enterng the pharmacy, followed by a smile from those behind the counter. “How can I help you?” Floors are new, and the furniture, counters and chairs are pristine. The feeling is calm and welcoming. All the walls are freshly painted in carefuly selected colours by owner Madonna Rose. Each colour suits the room it is in.
A green colour called meditation is painted on the walls in the pharmacy. The large room has been complimented for the colour choice, with many noting a calming atmosphere.
A dark blue colour highlights the new medical clinic, while unique and colourful artwork is displayed on the walls. It is modern and fresh, fitting for a new facility.
In Rose’s office, a vibrant terracotta colour greets you as you open the door. It is an energetic and strong colour, much like the owner of the office.
Rose has owned the business since 2008, when she purchased it from former owner and company namesake, Rex Sinyard. She was a pharmacist there for a decade before taking over.
The opening is a special event for Rose, but also for the residents of Harbour Grace. It s a new beginning to a business that has made a home in the town for nearly 50 years.
DESTROYED BY FIRE
On Valentine’s Day in 2013, the former building, which was on the same lot, caught fire.
In what was called the department’s most difficult fire last year by volunteer firefighters, the interior of the building was destroyed.
The fire left the pharmacy and former medical clinic staff without a physical workspace.
A temporary location was set up on the same street in the former liquor store building.
Because the former building was unsalvageable, Rose had to decide whether to construct a new building or work from another location. She decided to rebuild.
The journey hasn’t been an easy one.
“It was a total struggle,” Rose recalled. “I didn’t know what we were going to do until July.”
But Rose began the planning for a new, modern building, which took the better part of a year to complete.
The pharmacy employs an additional pharmacist, Steve Crowell, and two pharmacy assistants, Pauline Hunt and Lisa Randall.
Starting new, Rose had decisions to make regarding the layout of the building, which received approval from the town council to be constructed 12 feet longer than the origi- nal was.
She settled on one-storey because it was more “effective” to the business, including not needing an elevator. The former building was two storeys high, and included a basement level.
The construction was done throughout the fall and into the winter, with some finishing touches taking place just before the doors opened March 7.
The building is completely wheelchair accessible, and contains a state-of-the-art security system.
Beside the pharmacy counter is a door marked, “counselling room.” This new addition gives clients more privacy if required.
The last additions to the building are an automatic door opener for the main doors in the building and a paved parking lot. Both are expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Another new addition to the building is the new medical clinic, Family Focus Health Centre.
Three energetic, young doctors, Megan Hayes, Renelle Butt and Colette Bartlett, now operate a busy clinic with three other staff members, Krista Bennett, Stephanie Bishop and Aimée Morgan.
With the addition of a new clinic, many local residents and some from out of town were able to get a family doctor, something some areas of the province have been lacking.
The clinic has eight examination rooms and a procedure room, all of which are wheelchair accessible. One room is equipped with a barrier free power examination table.
On March 3, the medical clinic opened its doors.
GRAND OPENING of the new Sinyard’s Pharmacy, located on its former site, 17 Harvey Street, Harbour Grace, will be held this week from Wednesday-Friday. Drop by and see the new, modern, completely barrier free building and meet the staff. Daily giveaways, cake and refreshments.
MADONNA ROSE, OWNER of the new Sinyard’s Pharmacy, 17 Harvey Street, Harbour Grace.