Jamestown pharmacy closing after 42 years in business

By: Amanda Pitts

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JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – After 42 years in business, Jamestown’s only pharmacy is closing its doors.

Baker’s Pharmacy announced their closure on Facebook, saying the rapidly changing healthcare industry is just too much to keep up with.

“There’s a lot of pressures in the healthcare system today, making it very hard for independent stores,” said co-owner Ryan Baker.

The pharmacy first opened in 1977 and has been a staple in the community ever since.

“It’s always the go-to store. It’s so close by. I’ve been used to coming here for years, and I really feel sad that they’re leaving,” said Marie Greco of Jamestown.

Customers stopping by Friday were met with a sign on the door that said the pharmacy will soon close, and prescriptions will be transferred to the Narragansett CVS. 

“I found out ten minutes ago when I walked in the door. It was a big, big surprise,” said Ellen Weaver-Paquette of Smithfield.

The business is run by Ryan Baker and his father Tim. Ryan spoke to us Friday, saying it was a tough decision to make.

“Definitely not something we envisioned. Definitely, something we wanted to keep going and see more and more generations of Jamestowners come through.”

The store has around 15 employees, some who’ve worked there for decades. A few of them will follow Baker to the Narragansett CVS.

“We’ve got a lot of special people and I’d just like to thank everybody for their years of service and loyalty,” said Baker.

The last day of business at Baker’s Pharmacy is Memorial Day.

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