KAHULUI - Mina Pharmacy, a Hawaii-owned and operated chain, is opening its first Maui location later this month at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
The nonpharmacy part of the store opened in April, offering snacks, beverages, lunch items, beach accessories and health and wellness products. There also is a barista offering espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, coffees and teas.
The 7,000-square-foot store is located on the ground level, near Macy's and adjacent to the bus stop.
"We're proud to open at Maui's largest and most popular mall to give shoppers a quick and easy way to grab a snack or take care of their pharmacy needs," said Adel Etinas, president of Mina Pharmacy, in a news release. "Our team is excited to meet and service the community."
Mina Pharmacy was founded in 1997 on Oahu by Etinas and Hany Guirguis, two friends and fellow pharmacists who both had worked at established drug chains in Hawaii for more than a decade. Early on, they recognized the need for quicker prescription service while being able to take the time to counsel patients, the release said.
A pharmacist will be available to consult with patients during business hours. There also will be a private screening center for customers to receive vaccinations.
In addition to its retail pharmacies, Mina Pharmacy has a second business-to-business division called Mina Pharmacy Long-Term Care. These three locations service Hawaii's long-term care facilities with medication, 24-hour emergency delivery and record-keeping systems that include photos of patients and their medications.
Mina has eight other pharmacies statewide - six on Oahu and two on the Big Island. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for June.