Newcomerstown will once again be the home of only one pharmacy.

As of last Thursday at 7 p.m., Shrivers Pharmacy, located on S. College Street, Newcomerstown, officially sold its pharmaceutical files to Medi-Wise Pharmacy in Newcomerstown.

"We really appreciate the opportunity to be here," said John Coler, owner of Shrivers Pharmacy. "Our customers were fantastic."

However, the Newcomerstown community could not support two pharmacies, Coler said.

Coler approached Medi-Wise Pharmacy owner Jeff Neidig with the proposition of selling his business and, in turn, Neidig approached Coler for selling his business. And that last offer was the one that was agreed upon.

"It's going to be a positive thing for this town," Coler, who owns five other pharmacies in Ohio, said.

Unfortunately, Shrivers Pharmacy had approximately 10 employees that were terminated but were offered to apply for positions at Medi-Wise Pharmacy. The building, however, will remain leased by Shrivers Pharmacy until the lease is up. The remaining merchandise will be sent to the other Shrivers Pharmacy locations.

"As much as I hate to sell it, we have to," Coler said, "but it's a good thing for the community."

Shrivers Pharmacy purchased the business that was, for many years, Morgan Pharmacy, approximately 2-1/2 years ago. They were active in the community, as well as members of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce.

"We did appreciate the opportunity to service everyone and we wish the community the best," Coler said. "Just give them (at Medi-Wise) time because their volume just doubled."

Neidig said he is excited about the purchase and hopes for a smooth transition for customers.

"We are excited about the acquisition and glad to still give the community a local option," Neidig said.

Medi-Wise Pharmacy opened in Newcomerstown six years ago.

Neidig said they ask for patience and support to make this transition as smooth as possible.

"We like this community and we want to continue to provide health services to this area," Neidig said.

For information about a prescription transfer or questions, call Medi-Wise Pharmacy at 498-6337 or visit them at mediwisepharmacy.com.