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.