New pharmacy opens at Meriden mall

Dustin Hothan FW Meriden Pharmacist

Photo by Holly Davis
Dustin Hothan, F.W. Meriden pharmacist, stands in front of the new pharmacy that will have a grand opening July 11 at noon.


by Holly Davis
The F.W. Huston Medical Center is teaming up with a local family to open a pharmacy in the south Meriden strip mall known as Countryside Square.
Bryce and Chrissy Farrant and Jake and Kysa Farrant are co-owners with F.W. Huston of the new business, the F.W. Meriden Pharmacy.
The Farrant brothers and their wives own Crèche Academy located just a mile away, and they have put just as much passion and hard work into the pharmacy business as the child care center. More importantly, they just want to see the town of Meriden grow and thrive, and jumped on another opportunity to better serve the community.
Although F.W. Huston Medical Center is a non-profit organization, the new pharmacy is a profitable independent service. The Farrant family say they are happy to be partnering with a local entity that understands the core values of a small-town community.
The F.W. Meriden Pharmacy opened a week and a half ago, and currently has two full-time staff members, pharmacist Dustin Hothan, and Chrissy Farrant. Bryce Farrant said that as the business grows and they incorporate a delivery service, he eventually hopes to bring seven to eight jobs to Meriden. If the demand and need grows, he also said that there is potential for a prompt care service that would be located next door.
Dustin Hothan, Lawrence, is a 2002 graduate of Jefferson West High School, and looks forward to serving the town he grew up in. Hothan attended the University of Kansas, where he received a doctorate pharmacy degree in 2008. He originally went into college undecided, but after sparking up a conversation with a family friend, he decided that being a pharmacist sounded appealing.
After graduating from KU, he worked as a pharmacist for Kmart, and became the pharmacy manager for a year. When he was called upon by the Farrant brothers, former high school friends, Hothan decided to take his degree and passion to his hometown.
He resides in Lawrence to be with his children, Addison, 5, and Brantley, 3.
“The medical field is a great field to be in, and I love being able to help people,” he said.
Chrissy Farrant graduated from Washburn University with a degree in respiratory therapy. She always knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but all of this was put on hold when Crèche Academy opened last summer, and she had her two children, Remmington, 2, and Maverick, 10 months. After getting one business up and running, and the previous pharmacy in Meriden had closed, she felt like it was calling her name.
With large corporations that provide pharmaceutical services such as Walmart, Kmart, and Walgreens, small-town pharmacies often face challenges of maintaining a steady flow of business. Hothan says the biggest challenge is to stay competitive when it comes to product prices. He says, however, that there are many advantages to the small-town pharmacies, with the biggest one being personal advantage.
By getting to know the customers on a personal level, Hothan says he is able to better serve the members of the community.
“Showing people you care and want to help is what makes this different than large chains,” he said. “Here, we have the ability to go outside the box.”
After working at the pharmacy department at Kmart for years, customers have even followed Hothan to this pharmacy. In fact, so far, former Kmart customers make up almost half of the customer base.
Customers wanting to transfer prescriptions to the F.W. Huston Meriden Pharmacy can stop by and fill out a new customer form, or can call the office and the staff will do the rest. An insurance card will be needed when coming in to pick up the prescription.
To refill prescriptions, customers should call their doctor and tell them to send new scripts to the brand new F.W. Huston Meriden pharmacy. If customers do not have time to call the doctor, they can call the pharmacy and tell the staff who their primary care physician is, and the staff will give them a call.
Doctors can send customer prescriptions by using an online service. They can also call the office or fax the prescription right to the pharmacy.
The pharmacy is stocked with a variety of over-the-counter items with a complete selection of vitamins, an allergy section, cough and cold section, infant section, first aid, foot care, eye care and a wall full of braces.  If there is something customers need, the pharmacy staff says they will place the order and most items are received the next day.
The new pharmacy does accept most insurance, but if they are not able to help customers with a particular insurance, they will then transfer them to a different pharmacy.
The F.W. Huston Meriden Pharmacy will have a grand opening July 11 at noon, and hope to see members of the community come to celebrate the new business.

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