Staff and friends of the Moundsville Pharmacy broke ground at its future location this week.
City and county officials joined the pharmacy's staff and supporters in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the future 3,800-square-foot, two-story facility located directly across Lafayette Avenue from the pharmacy's current location. Community members can expect a grand opening of the building in the spring of 2014.
According to pharmacy owner Jason Turner, the new location will be about five times larger than the current building and will offer a more modern space, increased parking and a drive-through service.
Turner also plans to expand the pharmacy's staff for the larger building, offering more employment opportunities in the community.
The pharmacy will also offer a full line of durable medical equipment, and will continue to offer services including health screenings, diabetes training, medication therapy management, hormone replacement consultations and annual Medicare Part D plan reviews.
Additionally, the building will feature a retail space which will offer West Virginia-made items and other gifts.
Turner declined to disclose the cost of the project, but described it as a "substantial investment into the community."
"Today is a really exciting day," Turner said. "Three years ago, we had a vision of having the pharmacy move across the road and this is the next step in continuing the legacy of Moundsville Pharmacy. The staff of Moundsville Pharmacy and I are passionate about what we do and we're excited to move to a new location that will allow us to expand our service to the community."
Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Knuth noted the Moundsville area has not seen many groundbreakings in several years, making the ceremony a positive sight for the community.