A Boutique Pharmacy Comes To Town

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Town Pharmacy opened in the North Shore Farms shopping center. (Photos by Sheri ArbitalJacoby)
Town Pharmacy opened in the North Shore Farms shopping center. (Photos by Sheri ArbitalJacoby)

A spoonful of services helps the medicine go down at Great Neck’s newest drugstore

In this day and age of big-box stores and online merchants, Town Pharmacy offers a refreshing change.

Brothers Alan and Eldon Khorshidi, who attended Lakeville Elementary School, Great Neck South Middle School and Great Neck South High School, decided to give back to the community that raised them.

And like on the TV show Cheers, Town Pharmacy is a place where everyone knows your name.

Pharmacist Alan Khorshidi
Pharmacist Alan Khorshidi

Located in the North Shore Farms shopping center at 96 Horace Harding Blvd. in Great Neck, Town Pharmacy bills itself as a “Hometown pharmacy with world-class service and competitive pricing.” Open seven days a week, the drugstore provides free delivery for prescription and over-the-counter medicine, sells hard-to-find surgical supplies and offers flu shots, immunizations and free blood-pressure screenings.

The wooden shelves make the pharmacy feel European.
The wooden shelves make the pharmacy feel European.

In addition to these amenities, Pharmacist Alan Khorshidi, who earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. John’s University in 2012, compounds medications to create specialized and allergy-free mixtures and can add custom flavors to liquid formulas. He even fills personalized orders for pets.

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Unlike commercial chains, Town Pharmacy’s “wooden shelving provides a European feel,” noted the Great Neck South Class of 2006 pharmacist.

An extensive selection of medical equipment, including surgical supplies, canes, wheelchairs and walkers, is available at the store.
An extensive selection of medical equipment, including surgical supplies, canes, wheelchairs and walkers, is available at the store.

This family-run business accepts insurance, sells both traditional and alternative medicine and is working to set up educational workshops on immunizations, staying healthy during the winter and natural-medicine substitutes.

Town Pharmacy ordered this lift chair for a customer who had trouble getting up.
Town Pharmacy ordered this lift chair for a customer who had trouble getting up.

“We aspire to serve the residents of Great Neck with pride and purpose, and a standard of excellence native to this town,” said younger brother Eldon, who graduated from South in 2009. “Great Neck—its school teachers, small businesses and local residents—had a profound impact on us during our formative years. We want to pay that forward. Our boutique pharmacy is very much Great Neck in its essence. We offer what the chain pharmacies can’t.”

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With more than three decades of publishing experience at national magazines, Sheri ArbitalJacoby is the editor of the Great Neck Record. She also writes decorating, travel and green articles for <a href=”http://longislandweekly.com” Long Island Weekly and Anton's special sections.

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