New north Mpls. business hopes to bring community together

10:59 AM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A new pharmacy in the heart of north Minneapolis wants to give big companies like CVS and Walgreens a run for their money.

The Northside Community HealthMart Pharmacy sits on the corner of Lowry and Humboldt Avenues.

The pharmacy is the vision of Dr. Yang Shawn Xiong. He started work on the 900 square foot building a year ago.

"I believe we still have a huge gap in north Minneapolis to close that health disparity," Xiong said.

Xiong spent years working for pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens but became frustrated because the high volume of prescriptions meant he couldn't offer personal care.

"I want people to feel like this a home. It's a pharmacy, but I want people to feel like they can talk to me at a personal level," he said.

Lines for a peek at the new pharmacy extended out the door during a grand opening on Sunday. People of all cultures and colors stopped to say hello.

This is exactly what Xiong wants -- an open space to serve all the people of north Minneapolis. He knows the need. When his family resettled in the U.S. 20 years ago, they made this community their new home.

"I spent many, many years in the projects in the Harrison area, then my parents moved to the Hawthorne area and we moved to near north Minneapolis. So, I think in this area we still need pharmacists who can speak multiple languages to help the patients," Xiong said.

Xiong hopes his pharmacy won't just be about medications but rather a remedy for disparity.

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