Mayo Clinic's new pharmacy to focus on mail order

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Drugs and stamps will go together at a new Mayo Clinicpharmacy in south Rochester.

It was recently announced that Mayo Clinic is building an $8 million pharmacy in "existing shell space" at 3551 Commercial Drive SW. That’s the former Fleet Farmretail complex along U.S. Highway 63 South near the Days Inn & Suites by Wyndhamhotel.

Officials have now shared more information on that project.

The plan is to relocate Mayo Clinic pharmacy operations from the Brackenridge Buildingin downtown Rochester to the southwest location this summer, according to Kelley Lucksteinof Mayo Clinic’s Dept. Public Affairs.

She clarified that this pharmacy will not be open for public use.


"This location will provide central, high volume mail-order prescription filling services and is not a patient pharmacy for prescriptions to be dropped off or picked up," she wrote in an email. "The new location offers more space for future growth opportunities and will accommodate updated technology needs."

An estimated 100 to 125 Mayo Clinic employees will move from downtown to the new pharmacy, once it is completed.

Coincidentally, the Rochester Veterans Administration Clinic also recently announced that it is also moving into that complex this summer.

On Jan. 9, Rochester MN VA LLC, of Lake Forest, Ill., paid $2.25 million for 16,250 square feet in the complex. The VA announced it had signed a 10-year lease for $4.3 million for the Commercial Drive spot as the future home for its Rochester clinic.

The plan is to move the clinic from its current Med City site at 3900 Fairway Place NW to the new spot this summer.

Mayo Clinic’s Luckstein says its new pharmacy "has no connection with the VA clinic other than being geographically located next to it."

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