Dispensing a new choice

Pharmacist AJ Gajera is shown in front of his new business, Village Care Pharmacy, 427 W. Main St. (corner of M-21 and M-52) in Owosso. The store is set to open Tuesday.

OWOSSO — AJ Gajera, a pharmacist for 19 years, worked for the past three as the pharmacy manager at Walgreen’s in Owosso.

When Gajera decided to open his own pharmacy, he found available business spaces in both Flint and Owosso, and had to make a choice.

“Because I knew the people and the community, I chose Owosso,” he said. “Wherever I go, the people here give me a very good welcome and a good response, and help me out from start to finish.”

His new Village Care Pharmacy, 427 W. Main St., at the corner of M-21 and M-52 (the old Clark gas station site), is set to open Tuesday.

Gajera said his pharmacy will accept most types of insurance. The store will also offer vitamins, aromatherapy oils, other over-the-counter medications and — in a couple of months — immunizations, such as for flu and pneumonia.

One advantage he believes customers will like is the drive-thru.

“It will be convenient for people who are older or who can’t walk well, or for when the weather is bad,” Gajera said. “They can sit in the car and we’ll take good care of them.”

Another convenience is Village Care Pharmacy’s location at the corner of two major streets, he said.

“It’s easy to come, and easy to go,” he said.

In addition, with a simple phone call to Village Care Pharmacy, customers can have their prescriptions delivered to their homes for free, by a delivery driver or Gajera himself.

For those who don’t have health insurance, “we’ll match any competitor’s price for medicine,” he said. “We’ll always give them the best price.”

With the old gas station, canopy and underground tanks gone, the 1,000-square-foot remodeled pharmacy building now has a large parking lot for customers’ ease.

A $5 coupon good for any store purchase is available in the store for new customers.

Gajera, who grew up on a farm in India, became a pharmacist in his native country. He now holds a pharmacy license in Michigan and has grown attached to the state, where he has worked for a decade.

He lives in Grand Blanc with his wife of 17 years, Sangita Gajera, and their 12-year-old daughter, Dhara.

Some time ago, the Gajera family tried to put down roots in Florida but they returned to Grand Blanc after just 11 months, AJ Gajera said.

“We like Michigan — the summers and lakes and natural beauty,” he said.

Village Care Pharmacy is independently owned by Gajera and operated under a license from Health Mart Systems Inc., based in San Francisco, California.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For details, call (989) 720-4545 or email at villagecarepharmacy@gmail.com.

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