Valley Falls Pharmacy changes hands
The Valley Falls Pharmacy sold last week and new owners and pharmacists John and Sue Kollhoff are now filling prescriptions.
The Kollhoffs purchased the pharmacy from pharmacists Terry and Cynthia Agler.The sale was finalized Nov. 5.
The Kollhoffs said they look forward to getting to know the community and are committed to providing “the same great local service the residents of Valley Falls and the surrounding area have come to enjoy.”
“The time was right for us to find a new owner,” said Terry Agler. “We’ve developed many friendships over the years through this pharmacy and hoped to find someone who would continue taking care of our friends and neighbors. With John and Sue, we have found the right buyers to do just that.” The Aglers followed pharmacist Frank Shrimplin in the business in 1997.
The new owners have been impressed with the existing staff. They appreciate how welcoming everyone has been, despite the stress of implementing a new computer system.
After being a pharmacist for nearly nine years, John Kollhoff says the best part of the job is helping others and getting involved in the community.
“I believe this pharmacy is vital to the Valley Falls community and I look forward to getting to meet everyone,” he said. “We are excited to build on the legacy of service established by the Aglers and look for new ways to add value to the services we provide our customers.”
A new computer system has been installed to improve the prescription ordering and refill process. A phone app will also be available to allow customers to order refills anytime, anywhere from their iPhone or Android smartphone. The Kollhoffs plan to enhance the pharmacy’s customer experience and look forward to hearing what additional services the community would like in the future.
“We know there are many options out there, so we want to make sure our customers are being cared for in a way they just can’t find anywhere else,” he said.
John Kollhoff is a Beloit native and graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School there. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2005. Sue is a Topeka native and graduate of Topeka High School. She has family roots in Effingham and is a 2007 graduate of the KU School of Pharmacy.
John worked in a Beloit pharmacy while going to school and since has been employed at pharmacies in Emporia and Abilene. Sue is employed in the Warriors and Transition Program at Fort Riley.
The couple has two daughters, Clare, 3 1/2, and Whitney, 8 months. Their home is in Abilene but the couple is now in transition, looking for a residence.
Pharmacist Robert Sims will remain with the pharmacy along with assisant Rhonda Teaford. Sue Kollhoff will continue her employment at Fort Riley but will be present some on the weekends.
“Terry wanted to know how it felt to be retired for awhile, but he may help us out on occasion,” John said.
The pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with one late night on Wednesday and a Saturday closing at 1 p.m.
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