Oct. 15, 2018 Sponsored Story
A Sunnyside drug store that closed in late June for renovations reopened late September with a modern storefront and under new ownership.
Alex Malakov is the new proprietor of Sunnyside Pharmacy, which has been operating at 48-11 Skillman Ave. since 1988.
“I wanted to buy into this pharmacy because I love this neighborhood. It’s still a community with a small town feel that you don’t get anywhere else in New York City,” Malakov, a Rego Park resident, said.
Malakov, who used to own a pharmacy in Westbury, Long Island, said that the former owner, David Fishbain, will remain as the lead pharmacist on site.
Along with the new facade, Malakov says that the store is now offering several new services, including free prescription deliveries to Sunnyside and Woodside residents.
“Many patients have trouble getting around, so we want to hand deliver,” he said.
Additionally, the pharmacy will create customized medication packs–also known as pill packs– for those who need to take multiple prescriptions over the course of a day.
“We care about how our customers are doing, so those who take more than one type of prescription a day are offered customized pill packs,” Malakov said, adding, “we want to be sure we remove any chance for human error, and increase patient adherence and compliance to their medications.”
Pharmacists also provide their private cell phone numbers to customers so that they can be reached 24/7 in case of emergencies. These are all part of a set of services that the owner says make them stand out from the chain stores.
“The service you get from a mom-and-pop business, no matter where it is, is always going to be more personal than from a big chain store. I always like to shop local for that reason, and I want to give our patrons the same feeling,” said Malakov.
The store accepts OTC cards for people on Medicaid, and also offers DMV-certified vision services which only certain practitioners are allowed to offer outside of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The store’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.