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Posted Jul. 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM
PEORIA — When the Preckshot Professional Pharmacy moves from Heritage Square in Peoria Heights in October, it won’t just mark the arrival of a pharmacy in Junction City Shopping Center but a unique health center.
Wade and Jennifer Siefert, the husband-wife pharmacist team who took over John Preckshot’s business in 2008, are planning a major expansion of an operation that has been highly successful since Preckshot took over the pharmacy at Proctor Hospital in 1981.
The pair will go from a facility with a little more than 2,000 square feet to one with 12,000 square feet at Junction City where the 309 and Candlelight restaurants previously operated.
Instead of 11 employees, there will be 22. Along with providing compounds, supplements and merchandise, the Sieferts will soon offer an array of on-site services including laser, thermography and aquadetox treatments.
The Junction City operation will offer three times the display space and 10 times the shelf space as the previous location, said Jennifer Siefert.
The pharmacy will go from having two compounding hoods — space where medication for an individual patient can be customized — to 10, she said.
Along with a pharmacy and compounding lab, the new Preckshot operation will include a health center, wellness wing and an auditorium (dubbed an edutorium) that will regularly feature seminars by health-and-wellness experts.
The Sieferts project that the new location could mean as many as 3,000 “walk-in” customers a year. They also anticipate the sale of supplements will go from $30,000 to $100,000 each month.
The Preckshot pharmacy has developed a number of specialized creations over the years, from poison ivy prevention (cream you put on beforehand) to sleeping aids. Unique names are often attached to products such as Red Bug Revenge (anti-itch cream) and John’s Joint Gel (for inflammation).
“We’re anxiously awaiting the move. We’ve wanted to offer more services for some time,” said Wade Siefert, who met his wife while both were students at Drake University’s pharmacy school.
Jennifer Siefert said the relocation represents a significant change. “We want this to be a health destination,” she said, sitting at a table at the Junction City site still under construction.
“Not every person will need a compounded medication but we hope we can provide something else for good health,” she said.
Already the largest compounding pharmacy in the state, the facility with its emphasis on preventive medicine is unique, said Jennifer Siefert.
Planning such a unique operation — one that cost $2.2 million to develop — required specialized financial support.
Although local financial institutions showed interest, it was Wilmington, N.C.-based Live Oak Bank, a bank that specializes in financing medical efforts, that backed the Preckshot plan.
What’s being planned is ambitious. “I have a goal to make Peoria the healthiest city in Illinois,” said Wade Siefert, president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.
“I’m the second president from Illinois. The first was John Preckshot,” he said. Preckshot, now living in Colorado, plans to return to Peoria once a month for programs at the new facility.
Along with looking to improve the health of the Peoria-area population, the Sieferts also look to continue providing compounds for animals, as well. “We’ve provided compounds for lions, gorillas, spider monkeys and guinea pigs along with dogs and cats,” said Wade Siefert, referring to some of the residents at the Peoria Zoo that have received pills from the pharmacy.