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Dahlonega Rite Aid opens temporary pharmacy

POSTED: March 9, 2009 11:55 p.m.

DAHLONEGA — A mobile pharmacy has been set up in the parking lot of the Rite Aid pharmacy at 566 E. Main St.

A week ago, a fire believed to have been started by an arsonist heavily damaged the store. Company officials said Monday that repair work is under way, and they plan to reopen the permanent location by Easter.

Rite Aid had operated out of a tent with prescriptions filled by the Rite Aid in Dawsonville and shuttled back to Dahlonega for patient pickup or delivery to their homes.

The mobile pharmacy will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Phone lines have been installed in the mobile pharmacy, and patients can call the regular Dahlonega store number at 706-864-7641.

Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, first aid products, hygiene and incontinence supplies, shaving products, food and snack items and other basic necessities are available.

"I was there this morning and shook customers’ hands while observing phones ringing, faxes churning and prescriptions filling," said Peter Barnett, a Rite Aid regional vice president. "It is amazing that just last Monday I was walking through rubble. Today, we are a full-fledged business, albeit a smaller one."



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