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Hall Countys plan to open its own pharmacy upsets local retailers
Medical Park Pharmacy technician Reyna Mar reaches for a bottle of pills Tuesday at the Limestone Parkway pharmacy. Local pharmacies are not happy about the county’s move to create its own pharmacy.
When the Hall County Board of Commissioners voted earlier this month to open a pharmacy and health clinic for employees, officials debated over the best location, whether the city of Gainesville should be a partner and how much savings could be generated. But there was little to no talk of how operating a pharmacy might impact local retailers, particularly small businesses like Medical Park Pharmacy on Limestone Parkway and Riverside Pharmacy on Green Street. “Government shouldn’t undermine the communities they tax,” said Laird Miller, owner of Medical Park Pharmacy.