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Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

Having received licensure for Holyoke Pharmacy on March 1, owners Jamie Hanes and Jason Burke announced they will be opening their local store later this month.

The owners were in Holyoke last week to begin to stock the store shelves, and said they will either be opening Monday, March 18, or the following Monday, March 25.

Remodeling on the southwest corner of Holyoke Marketplace at 112 E. Carnahan began in late October for the new pharmacy.

Both Hanes and Burke are natives of the area, having grown up in Imperial, Neb., graduating from Chase County High School.

Hanes earned his pharmacy degree nine years ago and has been back in Imperial for four years, working with his dad, Jim Hanes, who owns Adams Drug.

Burke will graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center pharmacy school in May and hopes to be licensed and ready to go by June.

Both are pleased to have the opportunity to live in rural America. Having gone to school and worked in the cities, they value life in smalltown America.

When Burke was completing a rotation at Adams Drug last August, he and Hanes started talking about the possibilities of pharmacy ownership.

As Holyoke was without a full-service pharmacy at that time, they approached Holyoke Marketplace owners Brad Moline and Kenny Owens about the possibility of renting space there.

Plans escalated and construction began.


Holyoke Pharmacy owners Jason Burke, pictured at left, and Jamie Hanes, Pharm.D., look forward to the opening of their store in the southwest corner of Holyoke Marketplace later this month.  —Enterprise photo

The duo also made another area pharmacy purchase, taking possession of Grant Pharmacy in Grant, Neb., on Feb. 1.

While Adams Drug in Imperial will be Hanes’ home store and Grant Pharmacy will be Burke’s, they both plan to be heavily involved with Holyoke Pharmacy.

Down the road, they said it is their plan to bring another pharmacist to the Holyoke store, which will provide relief time for all of them.

They value their time off and want to make sure they have enough staff to provide quality service for their stores.

“We want to have time for individual attention to our customers to make sure we can meet their needs,” said Burke. “We’re not going to be rushing things. If customers need something, we’re going to look for it and not spread ourselves so thin we can’t provide for their needs.”

In the hallway outside the pharmacy area, Holyoke Pharmacy will shelve over-the-counter drugs. They said they’ll experiment with the set-up of those shelves to see what works best.

Burke emphasized if customers want items that aren’t stocked here, they should tell them so they can see if they can get it from their other stores or they will special-order the desired products. “We want to make sure we stock products people want,” he added.

The two Holyoke Pharmacy owners and their wives had the opportunity to attend the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation Legacy Event Feb. 23, and said they were pleased to see people’s commitment to the health care system in Holyoke.

“With the pharmacy, we want to be a piece of that health care puzzle,” said Burke. The duo said they look forward to offering top-notch pharmacy service to complement health care services that already exist in Holyoke.

Hanes graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 with a B.S. degree in biology and earned his Pharm.D. degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 2004.

He served a one-year residency at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City and was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for almost four years before returning to Imperial to work with his dad at Adams Drug.

Hanes’ wife Brandy is a nurse practitioner at Chase County Clinic in Imperial, and the couple has two children: Madelynn, 8, and Miles, 5.

Burke earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from UN-L in 2009, then went on to pharmacy school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.

He started his 10th four-week rotation Monday, March 4 and will graduate in May. His series of rotations took him to both hospital and retail pharmacies.

Burke’s wife Whitney is also a Chase County High School graduate and is a registered nurse. She recently accepted a job at the hospital in Ogallala, Neb., where she will begin this month.

Burke said he and his wife are excited to be returning to this area, as they didn’t dream they would have the chance to come back closer than several hours away.


Holyoke Enterprise March 7, 2013