Tribune-Courier General Manager
Benton Pharmacy and West Kentucky Home Medical last week announced plans to build a new facility at the intersection of Main Street and Cope Road, just down the street from where they’ve done business since 1976.
Owner Harold Beck said the decision to build on the site of the former offices of the New To You Shop came out of a desire to locate to a space that is more suited to his needs and more energy efficient.
“Our location now is much more room than we need,” said Beck, referring to the 16,000 square feet of space that is now home to the pharmacy and durable medical equipment business in the former Walmart Plaza on South Main Street.
“What we actually need is about half that amount. We were coming to the end of a lease term and learned the property owned by the United Methodist Church Cooperative was for sale. The timing was just right for us,” he said.
Beck said the new pharmacy will include 8,000 square feet of space and be built to green construction standards, with geothermal heating and cooling and lighting.
“It will be much more energy efficient and much better suited to our actual needs,” said Beck. He said he has plans to create a more private area for pharmacist consultations and a drive-through window. He also hopes to provide electronic prescription refills. The fuel pumps he currently operates will not be availabe at the new location.
Over the years since Walmart relocated to 5th Street, many retail businesses once located in the strip mall have opted to move closer to town. In 2011 English Furniture moved their operations to North Main Street from there.
But Beck said his customers have told him over the years the location is a convenient one for them. They say they appreciate him being on the south end of town and have continued to support him.
When the pharmacy moves, Save-A-Lot will be the only retail business still located there. The building is owned by Wolverine Leasing of Katy, Texas.
“First and foremost we want to be convenient to our patients because they have supported us over the years,” said Beck. I’ve told them they can see the new building from where we are, so I’m hoping it’s just as convenient for them.”
Beck said he hopes the new building will be up and running by late September or early October.
Pinnacle Inc. of Benton is the general contractor for the project.
Beck also owns Draffenville Pharmacy and Calvert City Pharmacy.