Former Kmart pharmacist to open drugstore

By Jodi Schwan

A former Kmart pharmacist has decided to open her own pharmacy.

Lindsey Osterkamp spent eight years at the Kmart on East 10th Street until it closed last October.

She and another pharmacist then were transferred to the store on West 12th Street, which closed earlier this year.

“I aim to know many of the patients on a personal level,” she said. “(We) had a large number of patients from the east store choose to follow us to the west store. The fact that all these people would drive across town for our services was reassurance that we were providing quality, personalized care, and that it was truly appreciated.”

When she learned the west-side store was closing, “I determined that in order to provide the same kind of service for my patients, I would need to start my own pharmacy,” she said. “My pharmacy manager, Jenny Walter, was an incredible role model and helped me to become the compassionate pharmacist I am today.”

Her new pharmacy will be called True Care Family Pharmacy. It will be located at 10th Street and Cliff Avenue in the former Pizza Patrol space.

“I truly care about my patients and believe that they should be treated as family, not just numbers,” Osterkamp said.

“I pride myself in knowing my patients by name and making the effort to go above and beyond to give them high-quality care at the lowest possible price. This mentality goes back to the type of service provided by small-town, family-owned pharmacies.”

She said she liked coming back to the east side of town and was attracted to the visible location of the building, which includes a drive-thru.

“The timing was perfect. The building went on the market the same week we began our search for a space for the pharmacy,” said Ryan Tysdal of Van Buskirk Cos., who represented Osterkamp. “A small retail building on such a prominent corner is a rare find. This will be a great addition to the retail mix on East 10th Street.”

Now, the remodeling begins. Osterkamp will be closely involved in the project, with her father serving as general contractor.

“So the quote rings true that I am putting my ‘blood, sweat and tears’ into my business,” she said.

She plans to open in early September.

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Former Kmart pharmacist to open drugstore

A former Kmart pharmacist has decided to open her own pharmacy.

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