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Published May 21 2010

Metro Drug pharmacist sees need for downtown walk-in clinic

Metro Drug in downtown Fargo may become home to a walk-in clinic.

Pharmacist Chad Nelson, owner of Metro Drug at 123 Broadway, said he has installed two exam rooms and a records room in the drugstore and is hoping to lease the space to a medical practitioner.

Nelson said he had hoped to have the space occupied last fall. “I think it should be ready by the end of June for business,” he said. “Hopefully someone will step up to the plate and do it.”

Nelson said he thinks a need exists for a walk-in clinic downtown.

“You go back 20 years and there were a lot of independent clinics in the Broadway buildings,” Nelson said. “Over the last 20 years, they have all gone away. I don’t think there’s any anymore.”

Downtown Fargo is densely populated, especially during the workday, he said, which was one reason he decided to provide space for a walk-in clinic.

“It makes good sense,” said Steve Stoner, board chairman of the Downtown Community Partnership. “As our downtown becomes more alive with people, we need those services.”

Nelson has owned Metro Drug for three years. He said the clinic will take up about 1,200 to 1,500 square feet within the 5,500-square-foot drugstore.

The proposed clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the same hours as the drugstore, he said.

“If it really takes off and it justifies it, we will do more,” Nelson said.

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