Cardinal Pharmacy, LLC was born out of community need.
In 2001, a tornado destroyed one of the two pharmacies in the city of Hoisington, Kansas. Not long after, the second store sold its records to a pharmacy chain, which relocated outside of the community. For over three years, there was a void in the market. A community task force was formed to regain a local pharmacy and that is when Richard Bieber saw an opportunity. Bieber approached Marla Mooney, an experienced pharmacy employee in nearby Russell, Kansas, with an idea to build another pharmacy. After some consideration Mooney and her husband, Gene, along with Bieber, committed to the project.
Familiar with the story, Ron Newman with the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) at Fort Hays State University reached out to talk with Marla about the venture early on. Engaged as a client, Mooney utilized the KSBDC for the development of a business plan and assistance in starting the business.
Today Cardinal Pharmacy, located on Main Street in Hoisington, employs seven individuals and serves a community and surrounding area that has since recovered and rebuilt.
While building a pharmacy may sound simple, the Mooneys and Bieber admit that it took a while for the business to build their database. And overcoming the time-intensive data entry for new prescriptions was a challenge. The business also had difficulties managing accounts receivable and inventory when it first opened due to insurance receipt of payment lags.
However, in time the business gained traction. According to Marla, the business is constantly trying to prove themselves. “Even though we are a small business we are still able to compete in today’s market place,” she says. With hard work, dedication, and the support of staff, Cardinal Pharmacy has overcome the challenges it’s faced and says it looks forward to serving the continued need in the Hoisington community.
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