Coarsegold Pharmacy owner Aaron Draper has announced he is closing shop at the end of day March 30.
Draper, who has run a very successful business at his location in the Coarsegold Historic Village for about five years, said he is closing the business and leaving California for personal reasons.
This is the second medical related business in Coarsegold to suddenly close its doors in the past three months. In mid-December the 10-member staff and patients were surprised when they found out the Coarsegold Medical Clinic was closing for financial reasons on Dec. 29, after being opened for about three and a half years serving about 2,000 patients.
A letter from Dr. A.P. Sidhu posted at the clinic stated “It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing the closure of Coarsegold and Prather Medical Clincs. It has been a great pleasure providing for your health care needs over the years, and it is not easy for me to give it up.”
Richard and Diane Boland own the building and helped bring Sidhu’s practice to Coarsegold.
“There’s been a desperate need for medical services in Coarsegold for quite a long time,” Diane said at the time. “These are facilities the community has wanted and needed, and Dr. Sidhu has filled that niche for us.”
It was within two weeks that the Boland’s announced that Camarena Health would move into the building. Camarena opened on Feb. 1, after some remodeling and refurbishment.
Camarena CEO Paulo Soares said the Coarsegold Health Clinic said he was not aware that Coarsegold Pharmacy was closing, and it was disappointing to hear.
“That being the only pharmacy in town, coupled with their proximity to our health center, made them a very convenient and important service to our patients,” Soares said. “I’m not sure what Camarena Health can do in the short term to help alleviate their closing, but if there is anything we can do in working with other pharmacy partners of ours to fill that void we will definitely try.”
Soares said the Camarena Health Center is doing well and they are very happy to be serving the community.
“We continue to receive very positive feedback from both patients and community members about the services we are providing,” Soares said. “We have hired a physician to join our existing staff in Coarsegold which will provide more access to care. She will be joining us in April.”
Now the Boland’s are determined to find another pharmacist to lease the ‘historic’ space that Draper will vacate in about nine days. The building was originally the Coarsegold Inn dinning room originally built in the 1930s. Over the years the building has also been the home to the Coarsegold Post Office, Pizza Joe’s Pizza Parlor and a hair salon prior to the pharmacy.
“We are as committed to getting a pharmacy back in here for the residents of Coarsegold as we were to replace the medical clinic when it left,” Richard said.
“Aaron is loved by the entire Coarsegold community and he and his family will be missed,” Diane said.
For information about leasing the space in the building, contact Richard and Diane Boland, (510) 610-6213.