El Tejon Pharmacy

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Profile appeared in our 31-1 Issue – April 2014

Being a trusted and reliable business is one thing, but holding that distinction for 86 years is nothing short of remarkable, and that is exactly the caliber by which El Tejon Pharmacy operates. Though the business has changed hands a few times, current co-owner, Tina Stout, relayed, “My husband, Andrew, and I have owned it for twenty-seven years, and we want to keep it in the family.” Considering their son, Ty, is part of the team, their dream seems to have become a reality.

2022 N. Chester Avenue, 1962

2022 N. Chester Avenue, 1962

However, it wasn’t always an easy undertaking. “When we bought the pharmacy, we had just had our third child,” Tina recalled, “We were in debt and owed everyone money in order to make the down payment. It was really scary.” Luckily for them, the business continued to grow.
Andrew, who had actually worked for the pharmacy in 1964 as a high school student before moving to attend pharmacy school, ran the location on North Chester while his best friend and business partner, Bill Bierman, operated the Brundage store. Unfortunately, Bill passed away unexpectedly in 2000, and it was up to Andrew to forge ahead and keep both locations operating, which he did, while moving each store into a new modern facility. But not everything old was tossed, old- fashioned friendly customer service remained as an important cornerstone.
The Stouts proudly welcomed their son, Ty, to the business after he became a pharmacist in 2008. Actually, that wasn’t when he began. Tina said, “My husband had started training Ty since day one in 1987. Ty is currently learning everything that needs to be known on the business side.” Ty agreed, “I have worked every position possible, from janitor to delivery driver to pharmacist, just like my dad, Andrew, did.”
The hard work has definitely paid off. One of the many new things Ty has introduced to the pharmacy is the Diabetes Program. “It is basically self-management training,” he explained. “It helps to educate people with diabetes on how to control their disease state via medications, diet, and preventative measures to help slow down the progression of the disease.”

Druggist filling prescription, 1946

Druggist filling prescription, 1946

Tina also said that they kept up the pace with the ever-changing times, stating, “We now have a robotic dispensing system for more common medications. Patients can call in their prescription refills at night and most of them can be ready before we are even open the next day.”
Regardless of what changes have taken place, Tina maintains that one thing has stayed true throughout the years, “We truly have a great staff that contributes to our success,” she said proudly. “One of Bill’s daughters, Rana Banks, continues to work for us at the Brundage location. And we hope to see Ty and his two children take things over completely. We are about to celebrate our eighty-sixth year, and I hope we make it to our hundredth and beyond.” If the past is any indication, then this family team has nothing to worry about.

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