New be­gin­nings for Sin­yard’s Phar­macy

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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.


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.

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