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AKRON, Ohio -- Independent grocers might find a new partner in the in-store clinic trend with QuickClinic, a provider of health clinics here, which said yesterday it aims to open 100 clinics around the nation within the next by focusing on smaller markets.
While most operators in the field -- including such names as MinuteClinic, Little Clinic, Redi-Clinic, and Take Care -- are using their highly funded companies to build these clinics in large metropolitan areas, QuickClinic said it is selling franchises in smaller communities.
"QuickClinic is promoting local ownership and management in communities," said Ronald Bucci, Ph.D., president, and co-founder of QuickClinic, in a statement. "We operate in grocery chains in local communities."
ACME Fresh Markets, Ritzman Pharmacy, and Buehlers Grocery already host QuickClinics, the company said.
The company has assembled a team of professionals from Northeast Ohio to promote its corporate and franchised clinics. "We feel that we can branch out more quickly and have a more efficient operating system through a franchise model," noted Joshua Felber, v.p. of sales.
QuickClinic recently sold its first franchise in Cleveland and has franchises under agreement from Toledo, Dayton, Marion, and Coshocton, Ohio.
QuickClinics are designed as an "on the spot relief" medical office that provides treatment for common ailments and minor injuries, vaccines, screenings, physicals, and other similar services. Licensed nurse practitioners and physician assistants are staffed to operate the clinic and are certified to diagnose patients and prescribe medications when necessary.
Visits normally take less than 15 minutes, and most exams cost only $39.00, according to Bucci. QuickClinics are located adjacent to pharmacies where prescriptions can be e-prescribed and filled immediately.