Editor’s Note: Reporter Maureen Wallenfang, who reported and wrote this article, is related to Tyler and Jerry Wallenfang.
Pharmacist Tyler Wallenfang partnered with Hometown Pharmacy to purchase the longtime Consumer Prescription Center Sept. 1 at 2310 W. College Ave. in Appleton.
It will eventually change its signs to Appleton Hometown Pharmacy, but until then will operate without interruption under the Consumer banner.
“Existing prescriptions were automatically transferred over. Current and new prescriptions can be filled as usual,” Wallenfang said. “The staff is the same. There are no visual changes. I purchased everything as is.”
Wallenfang, 36, worked at Consumer Prescription for five years, and before that worked for five years for Morton’s Pharmacy.
He now leads the group of three longtime pharmacists including his father, Jerry Wallenfang; George Gosz and previous owner Warren Doering. Consumer Prescription was established in 1969 by Bill Devine. Doering joined him in the 1980s and bought the business in the 1990s.
Tyler Wallenfang said the ownership transition from one generation to the next was the plan all along.
“The intent was to do it by myself, but with the nature of pharmacy today, it’s difficult to do it without a larger group. That’s why I ended up partnering,” he said.
Hometown Pharmacy is based in Rio, north of Madison. It partners with independent pharmacists throughout Wisconsin to open locally-owned pharmacies and still have group buying power.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Note that Hometown Pharmacy has no affiliation with Shopko Hometown or its pharmacies.
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