Updated: Nov 26, 2020
“Selected a Top Choice Independent pharmacy, Parker Pharmacy is a great local drug store that provides incredible customer service in the area of North Buffalo, NY."
By: Allan R Kirby
We review Independent Pharmacies:
Mysmallbank.com believes its important to find the best Independent local pharmacies  in order to write a review. These reviews are to help you learn a little more about a local drug store, possibly one that's in your area that you might be interested in. In this review we are choosing the following local pharmacy:
Name: Parker Pharmacy
Area: North Buffalo
Location: 1388 Hertel Ave. Buffalo NY 142163
Service Offerings: Pharmacy, Immunizations, Gifts and Natural Products.
Number of Locations: 1
Parker Pharmacy is an independently owned and operated neighborhood pharmacy specializing in all natural vitamins and supplements. It's owned and operated by the pharmacist Barb since its opening in 2011. What stood out with this local drug store is the high customer satisfaction ratings received. In fact after taking the time to read all the reviews on Yelp, Facebook and Google you would be hard pressed to find any negative reviews. It's not surprising to see such high ratings from a locally owned pharmacy. In fact it is commonly known that most independent pharmacies tend to provide high quality service to their customers. Additionally they tend to take time and extra care in explaining medications and helping customers find savings while also working with difficult insurance companies.
Looking at Paker's reviews we enjoyed reading what customers had to say, For example as one customer highlighted: "Absolutely love everything about having a small business pharmacy on hertel. Complete confidence. In pharmacist Barb and her staff. Appreciate the extra time to explain meds and remind you when refills are due. Also have lots of other interesting items. Don't do other pharmacy where you are just another customer." We could have added many more reviews but I feel you get the point, customers love this pharmacy.
Additionally the one negative review provided had nothing to do with the pharmacies products and services relating to medications. This again highlights potential customers to be careful with online reviews, they are not always reflective of the actual experience you will receive from a small business like parker pharmacy.
I admittingly go to a major pharmacy only because there is no independent pharmacy close to me. What is most evident with the pharmacy I deal with is the fact they have no clue who I am and they never really take the time to explain medications. I always feel they are rushed and just want me to leave. However in the case of Parker Pharmacy it's clear that many customers do receive superior customer service and in fact even get help they require when dealing with difficult insurance companies, this is a big bonus when looking at pharmacies.
Now this is not your ordinary pharmacy that sells a lot of chips and soft drinks, they are focused on natural products as well as gifts. Specifically Parker sells many different types of CBD products that helps with the easing of many common health issues . Again we like the fact that this pharmacy is focused on healthier natural products. We at mysmallbank.com do like to highlight businesses that take a more socially responsible route and this pharmacy does this by selling natural products.
"A great local pharmacy that is highly valued by their customers."
Top Choice Independent pharmacy
Although this is a local business and information is limited we nevertheless found ample reviews and details that clearly showed this is a high quality local independent pharmacy. As a result of the great reviews, incredible service and a focus on natural products it was not difficult for Mysmallbank.com to give Parker Pharmacy the well deserved designation of Top choice, independent pharmacy.  . So if you're looking for a great community based pharmacy and you live or plan to live in the areas the pharmacy operates this could be a great pharmacy for you.
About Parker Pharmacy
As highlighted on Parkers website and social media "Parker Pharmacy is locally owned pharmacy that specializes in customer service and one on one service to partner in your health and wellness. Large gift area featuring local vendors and one-of-a-kind gifts. All natural skin care products and makeup, such as Suki and Jane Iredale. Huge selection of Mrs. Myers all natural cleaning products. High quality vitamins and supplements, including CBD oils and salves. Most major insurance accepted.
Parker Pharmacy sells the basics to meet your needs during this pandemic which includes: N-95 masks, thermometers, pulse oximeters and hand sanitizers.
Contact Information for Parker Pharmacy:
1388 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo,
New York 14216, United States
Phone: (716) 725-0887
Fax: (716) 725-0894
Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: 9am - 5pm Sunday: Closed
Google Maps: Parker Pharmacy Location: 1388 Hertel Avenue.
So why an Independent Pharmacy? - Here are some answers to your questions
Why are independent pharmacies better?
We believe Independent pharmacies are very focused on building personalized customer relationships with individuals and families. This includes taking the time to explain medications to their customers while also ensuring proper management of their medication. The focus will always be customer care and not customer volume so; orders are filled with great care, wait times are less and independent pharmacists will find the cheapest drugs to fill your prescriptions.
Can independent pharmacies survive?
As mentioned before, an independent pharmacy is focused on high quality customer care, affordable pricing and helping customers with their insurance companies. They are generally higher rated when compared to major pharmacy chains. Although independent pharmacies do not have the size and scale of a major chain, they tend to do very well in the communities they serve. Most will likely survive due to their commitment to providing high quality service.
How do independent pharmacies compete?
Independent pharmacy can compete with chains by ensuring high quality customer care and meeting the demands of the local customers. While major retail chains cannot identify and adjust their store concept to meet local demands, independent pharmacies can adapt and meet the needs of their local customers. Additionally by helping customers with insurance and finding the best priced medications will keep local customers coming back.
1. Periodically Mysmallbank.com will name an independent pharmacy as a top choice based on a number of criteria such as customer reviews, complaints, satisfaction, growth, locations, brand and social responsibility. We only select the best independent pharmacies, so they must meet minimum standards of excellences (Excellent Choice) in order to be reviewed by Mysmallbank.com
2. CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp. However unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and helps with the easing of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.
3. An independent pharmacy is usually a small one store retail pharmacy that is not directly affiliated with any major chain of pharmacies such as Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS. It's usually a locally owned privately held business.
Disclosure: mysmallbank.com nor the author received any compensation from the mentioned independent pharmacy for this article. The article is our opinion only and is written to help readers learn more about local independent pharmacies.