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Fortville pharmacy closing influenced by pandemic, economy

The Covid-19 pandemic and recent economic downturn has taken its toll on Hancock County, including Fortville’s only independent pharmacy.

Eric Garst, owner of Garst RX Pharmacy, 325 S. Main St., Fortville, recently announced that he has sold to CVS, and beginning Thursday, Aug. 7, customers prescriptions will be at CVS Pharmacy, 715 E. Broadway St., Fortville.

In a letter to customers, Garst thanked customers for being loyal and selecting Garst as their pharmacy.

“Our decision to sell our pharmacy was not easy to make. Unfortunately, prescriptions have become less and less profitable, making it harder to pay the bills. We sincerely appreciate all your support over the last five years,” Garst wrote.

The pharmacy building will be on the market in the near future, and Garst told customers he and his family will be staying in the area.

“My family and I will remain living in Fortville, so we hope to see your faces around town. While I loved every minute at the pharmacy, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, Amanda, Jack and Olivia. Again, I cannot thank you enough for your loyalty over the years, and I hope we were able to make a positive impact on every life we touched through Garst Rx,” Garst wrote.