|Cheri Garvin at the compounding facility in Leesburg. - Times-Mirror/Beverly Denny|
After 38 years serving the Loudoun community, Leesburg Pharmacy has sold around two-thirds of its prescriptions and all over-the-counter goods and gift items to the Rite Aid at 448 S. King St.
Effective May 21, the company's compounding facility will begin operating as a standalone business from its current location.
Cheri Garvin, owner of Leesburg Pharmacy, said for years she received offers to buy the facility, and only at the end of last year did she begin to seriously consider selling.
The Compounding Center, which was spun off from Leesburg Pharmacy just a few years ago, customizes each prescription based on a unique need for a patient.
Garvin said the best way to explain compounding is to give an example, like mixing special medication for a person with a gluten allergy, or liquefying medication for a person who can't take pills.
Garvin says her decision to sell to Rite Aid made more sense because she wanted to stay at her current location.
"Geographically we didn't want our customers to drive across town to get their prescriptions," said Garvin.
The compounding center will keep medical equipment like braces or wheelchairs, as well as a good portion of the Leesburg Pharmacy staff, according to Garvin.
Rite Aid has interviewed a few employees who will not be staying on with The Compounding Center to potentially work at their South King Street location.
There are currently four Rite Aid locations in Loudoun, including the one in Leesburg.
The compounding lab will stay in the Leesburg Pharmacy location, but plans are to downsize the retail space from 7,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet.