In March 12 Issue
Lake Cumberland Pharmacy recently opened at Key Village in Russell Springs under Pharmacist Jonathan Grider and he said the pharmacy is here to serve all of Russell County's medicinal needs.
Grider, who graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Kentucky in May of last year, said the pharmacy first opened on February 16 and has been seeing an increase in customers ever since.
"Starting off we've been pretty busy," Grider said. "You can't really expect to be overwhelmed starting off, filling 100 prescriptions a day but we've been at around 50 plus."
He said the volume of medicines he has filled has steadily increased in his three weeks in business.
Grider, who is the son of Greg and Deneda Grider and the grandson of Leon and Anna Mae Grider, has been around a pharmacy all his life. His family has run the Grider Drug stores of Russell County for 56 years.
After graduating from pharmacy school, Grider returned to Russell County and secured a location of the former Grider Drug #3 in Key Village and there he opened Lake Cumberland Pharmacy, which is not affiliated with the remaining Grider Drug stores in the county, he said. "We are our own people here now," he said.
"I've worked in a pharmacy from as soon as I could see over the counter," Grider said. "It is hard for me not to say Grider Drug as well but most people have been supportive."
He said his connections with the Grider Drug stores have indeed helped out his new business as old customers of Grider Drug #3 have trickled in to the new Lake Cumberland Pharmacy.
Grider graduated from Russell County High School in 2003 before going to UK. He spent three years as an undergrad there before entering pharmacy school at UK and graduating with his degree in May 2010.
"I worked alongside my grandfather and uncle growing up and this is something I enjoy doing," he said. "Seeing my grandfather and uncle help people, that is what it is about … bettering someone else's life."
Grider, who also has an older brother, Jason, said while he was one of the youngest in his graduating class at UK, he had the most experience because of the time he spent in a pharmacy growing up in Russell County.
He said the most difficult part of being a pharmacist was the constant back and forth with insurance companies and talking with customers about their insurance plans, premiums and what is and isn't covered.
"You're on the phone a lot more dealing with that," he said.
He said many of the local physicians have been accommodating and welcoming since he opened and that word of his pharmacy opening has been spread by family and friends as well as ads in the newspaper and on local radio stations.
As of now, Grider and his technician, Julie Stepp, are the lone workers at Lake Cumberland Pharmacy.
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and offers free prescription delivery. They can be reached at 270-858-6400.
While he said the business was closed for major holidays, holidays such as Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve will be regular hour days.
"We're always willing to go that extra step to help someone out," he said. "We want to help people as best we can."
Grider's wife is Emory Grider, whom he met in Lexington and married nine months ago. Emory works at the Cumberland Animal Hospital in Russell Springs.