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NEWS: Nunavut September 19, 2018 - 10:49 am

North West Company takes over Cambridge Bay’s Kitnuna pharmacy

"We are excited to welcome Kitnuna Pharmacy into our banner"

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The Kitnuna Pharmacy, recently bought by the North West Company, will soon be moving out of the co-op store building into a new, larger location. (FILE PHOTO)
The Kitnuna Pharmacy, recently bought by the North West Company, will soon be moving out of the co-op store building into a new, larger location. (FILE PHOTO)

Earlier this week the North West Company, which owns the Northern and Northmart stores scattered across northern Canada, announced it has acquired the Kitnuna Pharmacy in Cambridge Bay.

With this addition, North West now operates 17 community pharmacies—five of which are in Nunavut.

Previously, Kitnuna was owned by the Kitikmeot Corp., the business development branch of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, in a joint venture with Super Thrifty Pharmacy.

Kitnuna Pharmacy will continue to provide retail pharmacy services, including prescription drug filing, home health care and medical supplies, over-the-counter products and health consultations in Cambridge Bay and across Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, North West said in a news release.

“We are excited to welcome Kitnuna Pharmacy into our banner,” Tim Smith, the company’s director of pharmacy operations, said in the release.

“The strong history Kitnuna Pharmacy has in the Kitikmeot, combined with North West’s reputation for delivering innovative, quality services to help people live better is an ideal fit.”

Smith told Nunatsiaq News that the transition to the new space, a modular unit that arrived recently in Cambridge Bay, will be “seamless.”

The new building will be located near the Northern store.

The pharmacy will retain its current staff, including its dispensary lead, Amy Strang, and the Kitnuna name. The pharmacy’s phone and fax numbers will remain unchanged.

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(7) Comments:

#1. Posted by Former Resident on September 19, 2018

I used to buy condoms there, always great service. Very friendly.

#2. Posted by Stoned arctic snake on September 19, 2018

They’re going after supplying cannabis for the north.

#3. Posted by paul c on September 19, 2018

I hope the prices will not increase, as the Northern prices are higher then our local co-ops prices

#4. Posted by Cambay. on September 19, 2018

Bring on the green.

#5. Posted by truth be Told on September 19, 2018

Bet the poor workers wages will be lowered as per Nwc standards…

#6. Posted by Bob on September 20, 2018

Getting set for the weed.

#7. Posted by Hmmm... on September 20, 2018

With Cannabis being legalized soon, NWC wasted no time and they definitely know that it will be making a lot of profits off of the sales of weed. They’re smart to do this. The previous owner could have been raking in the bucks if they chose not to sell. I would definitely love to open shop as people smoke weed every. single. day.

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