Royer Pharmacy

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Public Notice and Press Release

Royer Pharmacy today announced the future merging of its prescription files with CVS and the closing of its 5 locations within the next two weeks.
Prescription files will be securely merged into the CVS system at each pharmacy's closing to ensure continuity of service. Royer Pharmacy will remain open for business until the day before files are merged with CVS.The following table provides locations and dates of operation and closing.
Royer Pharmacy Location Royer Pharmacy Phone Number Last Full Day of Business at Royer Pharmacy CVS Location Where Files Are Being Transferred To CVS Phone Number First Day Files Will Be Active At CVS
2 E. Main St.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-6541 3-18-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-19-2020
113 S. 7th St.
Akron, PA 17501
717-859-4911 3-16-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-17-2020
335 W. Main St.
Leola, PA 17540
717-656-3784 3-17-2020 2363 Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-560-1499 3-18-2020
1021 Sharp Ave.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1215 3-17-2020 440 N. Reading Rd.
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-733-1818 3-18-2020
508 Hershey Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-299-4737 3-16-2020 1278 Millersville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-397-2481 3-17-2020

Royer Pharmacy was started in downtown Ephrata in 1879 by pharmacist George Royer. A very interesting and fun history of the company's 141 years can be found on the history tab of the website.
Royer Pharmacy is owned by siblings Donald and Robert Sherman, Patricia Leaman and Pamela Groff. Don, Bob and Pat are pharmacists and Pam is the company treasurer. Their father, William Sherman, joined the company in 1954 and worked with the family to develop the company for over 50 years.

Company president Don Sherman cited several reasons for the decision.
  • The owners are nearing retirement age.
  • Restrictive contracts and decreasing reimbursements from insurance, Medicare and Medicaid plans are making it increasingly difficult to stay in business and continue to offer the types of services patients need.
  • The merging of prescription files with CVS ensures that patients will have access to a company that is likely to be around for a long time.
  • CVS has the depth and vertical integration to provide multiple services that a small independent pharmacy cannot.
  • Employees will have a chance to be considered for employment by CVS
Staff was informed of the decision at a company meeting on 3-3-20. Sherman stated that 'while the meeting had a sad message, we have great employees who realize the many difficulties of the current pharmacy environment.' The combination of great patients, a fantastic and dedicated staff and a focus on personal patient needs are the reason the company became one of the oldest independently owned pharmacies in the country.

The Sherman family wishes to thank the public for their generations of trust and loyal patronage. It's been a great run and we and our wonderful staff couldn't have done it without you. It's been our pleasure to serve you.

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Royer Pharmacy is a 5 store family owned independent pharmacy chain serving Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original Ephrata store has been serving the public since 1879. Royer Pharmacy has additional locations in Ephrata, Akron, Leola and Lancaster.

The owners, Bill Sherman and his children Don, Bob, Pat and Pam enjoying a family outing. Patients usually see them in their professional ‘pharmacy attire’.
The owners and officers of Royer Pharmacy bring over 170 years of independent pharmacy experience to work every day. We truly grew up in business. As long term members of the community, we realize the importance of going "the extra mile" to provide the services you need. We know that your time is valuable and strive to provide fast, friendly and professional service. We’ve carefully selected a team of great pharmacists who bring an additional 150 years of pharmacy experience. Together, with our great pharmacy technicians and helpful retail staff, we strive every day to bring you the benefits of modern pharmacy practice along with the comfort and peace of mind of a family centered philosophy.

It will be obvious that we love our work the minute you step in the door. Our staff eagerly greets you. We promptly meet you at the counter and work on your prescriptions and selections right away. (Our new patients are often surprised that they don’t have to come back in 2 hours!) We know you need our help right now.

We stock a wide selection of hard to find prescriptions, health and beauty aids, gifts, greeting cards and so much more for your convenience. Each of our stores has a unique personal character created to make your shopping experience enjoyable.

For more information on Royer Pharmacy, click on the History tab. The step back in time is a charming reminder of yesterday and how we learned to carry the best of the best old time traditions into our modern world.

At Royer Pharmacy, providing you with great service is more than a goal.

It’s our passion!