History of Kedvon Pharmacy – How the International Community Pharmacy Concept Developed Over Time
Kedvon Pharmacy, established in 1996, was originally located on the intersection of Kedzie and Devon Ave (hence the name “Kedvon”). A year later the store relocated just a few blocks down to Devon and California. West Rogers Park of Chicago is a diverse community with residents of many nationalities, making the neighborhood a true cultural melting pot. At the time, a large population of immigrants from the former Soviet Union resided in the neighborhood. The idea from day one, was to provide a unique service to our patients. Our unique service is comprised of speaking the patients’ language, providing home delivery, and offering low cost prescriptions. Speaking their native tongue (Russian), helped to better explain medication information and prescription directions to the patients. Home delivery helped the patients who were sick, at work, or far …..to receive their medications on time. The low prescription prices really helped the new immigrants and the uninsured patients. These concepts have remained as the core of our excellent customer service through the years. Additionally, we carry unique over-the-counter products, vitamins, and herbals from all over the world.
As the years went by, the Russian immigrant community established roots in their new homeland; they gradually purchased their own homes, moving from the city to the suburbs. At Kedvon pharmacy, we expanded our delivery service all around the city and suburbs to reach our patients. In the mean time, new waves of immigrants from other countries moved into West Rogers. We wanted to remain part of our community, so we learned new cultures, made friends who speak new languages, and diversified our international concept. We also wanted to continue to serve the Russian community of Chicago, which gradually shifted to the suburbs over the years. Although our delivery service goes far and wide, we wanted to have personal contact with our patients.
In 2011, we opened a second location of Kedvon Pharmacy on the beautiful, new, European style Fresh Farms Plaza in Wheeling. We welcomed a good fit into another international community. We are closer to our Russian patients, and again introduced our services into other cultures. It is an absolutely amazing experience working with patients from different cultures. A treatment choice which is mainstream and logical for one nationality, can be absurd to another nationality. On the other hand having exposure to different choices, gives patients new opportunities. Today we are certain that as there many nationalities in our world, there are also multiple ways to practice medicine, traditional medicines, and alternative remedies. Hence, at Kedvon Pharmacy the traditions of the East meet the medicine of the West, to bring you a world of health and all the BEST!
In Wheeling, we have diversified our product line to include a wide variety of items for different age categories and needs. We have everything from nostalgic old world items to traditional American products. We pride ourselves by filling Prescription Medications in the highest quality by American standards. As far as our over-the-counter department, we offer a market of unique European goods! We look forward to bringing in more new products in the future, to satisfy the health needs of all of our patients! Come in and visit us for all your and your family’s pharmacy needs.
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