Some of the great employees at HealthMax Pharmacy, Woodhaven's business of the year.
When you go into HealthMax Pharmacy on 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue, you’ll be reminded of the way all stores used to operate here in Woodhaven. There’s a friendly vibe between the clerks and the customers that you hardly see anymore.
On a recent visit to HealthMax Pharmacy, we watched as a customer chatted with the girl at the register for a few minutes. It had that small-town feeling that used to exist in all stores; a feeling so appropriate here in Woodhaven, a small town in a big city.
This is but one of the reasons that the very popular HealthMax Pharmacy is being honored by the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association as Woodhaven’s Business of the Year in 2016.
HealthMax will be honored at a celebration taking place at Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, October 21. Adult tickets (12 and older) to the fundraiser are $70, and tickets for children 5 to 11 are $30.
Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m. Roma View Fine Catering is located at 160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard, in Howard Beach. E-mail email@example.com or call the WRBA office at (718) 296-3735 to buy tickets.
“For us, our number one priority is to greet every single customer that comes to the store and make them feel like they are part of the family,” says Julio Echeverri. “As a result, every time our customers come into the store, they feel like they are home.”
HealthMax is a pharmacy handling a high volume of prescriptions every day. But the store itself is much more than that, stocking a wide variety of items at great prices.
“We are always looking to get the products that people need,” Echeverri says. “We tried to build the store based on the community’s needs. Every single resident is important to us, and we are always thinking about what kind of products and services we can provide to them.”
Open seven days a week, HealthMax provides a wide variety of services that you might not know you could get locally. For example, they provide flu and vaccine shots, eye tests for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and passport photos. In addition to all this, they are also a licensed notary public.
For those who like bargains, HealthMax has specials every single day. One day it might be cosmetics, the next day it might be toys or household items. Make sure you stop in to see what’s on sale that day. And most importantly, they have one discount in effect every single day of the year: all seniors get 10 percent off.
When you support independent pharmacies and businesses like HealthMax you are, in effect, helping your neighbors.
“Our staff is mostly made up from people who live here in Woodhaven,” Echeverri says. “By hiring people from the community it helps build a better relationship with our customers. It helps us to provide the kind of customer support that the chain stores want, where people always walk out the door 100 percent happy. That’s our guarantee.”
And that’s the kind of thinking that prevailed among the local businesses here in Woodhaven many years ago. It’s good to see that spirit alive and well in our 2016 Business of the Year, HealthMax Pharmacy.
You can visit HealthMax at 80-07 Jamaica Avenue. If you have any questions, feel free to call them at (718) 296-0400. And keep an eye out for special events outside the store around each holiday. HealthMax has become famous for their barbecues on the Fourth of July and their costumes and decorations around Halloween.
In addition to HealthMax Pharmacy, the WRBA will also be honoring Richard Kaiser (Man of the Year) and Josephine Wendell (Woman of the Year). Tickets are going fast. If you are planning to attend, make sure you reserve your place now. Hope to see you there!