Pharmaca plans store in downtown Menlo Park

Store may occupy old Dal Baffo site

Pharmaca, a growing chain of pharmacies that offers both prescription medication and natural remedies, is taking steps to set up shop on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park.

The pharmacy chain, based in Boulder, Colorado, plans to remodel the former Dal Baffo restaurant site at 878 Santa Cruz Ave., according to permit requests filed with the city's planning department in December.

Steve Preston, senior director of marketing with Pharmaca, confirmed the company is "looking at" the Dal Baffo site, but said the company has yet to commit to opening a Menlo Park site.

Pharmaca labels itself an "integrative pharmacy," as the store offers traditional synthetic prescription medication offered by most pharmacies, as well as naturopathic remedies, such as unprocessed herbs and foods.

The company regularly invites doctors to give talks about health and wellness at various store locations.

The integrative pharmacy model is also used by the Berkeley-based Elephant Pharmacy, which operates a store in Los Altos.

There are 19 Pharmaca locations, 11 of which are in California. Stores have recently opened in Napa and Los Gatos, and a store in Monterey is under construction.

Barring any drastic construction plans at the Dal Baffo site, all Pharmaca would need to move in is a business license and a building permit <0x2014> both of which can be obtained from the planning department without Planning Commission or City Council approval.

Pharmaca would be the third pharmacy on Santa Cruz Avenue, joining Preuss Pharmacy and Walgreens.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 10, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Is this an ad? It sure seems like it.

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Posted by observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Apparently the deal is off that would have brought Pharmaca to Menlo Park


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 21, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I wonder what the deal killer was?

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Posted by another question
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 21, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Speaking of which, anyone know what happened to GM, which was supposed to be the best next new thing to save MP? One day it was headline news, then seemed to vanish from the radar without a whimper.

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