Consider the north side of Mishawaka and Granger, where a variety of medical facilities recently opened or are under construction, including in-store retail clinics, convenient care clinics, urgent care centers and specialty medical centers.
Now, CVS Caremark is adding new MinuteClinics to three area in-store clinics. These walk-in clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners and open seven days each week. An average visit takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
MinuteClinic offices, which comprise only about 100 square feet, are currently under development at these CVS stores: 130 E. Cleveland Road, Granger; 410 S. Main St., Goshen; and 100 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.
These clinics will open in May and June, a company spokesman said. At least one additional location is expected to open in Michiana before year's end.
Health care reform and the shortage of primary care physicians are contributing factors to the number of nontraditional health care centers under development, according to industry groups.
There are about 8,700 urgent care centers today in the United States, and more than 1,425 convenient care centers located in high traffic retail stores with pharmacies. The number of convenient care clinics is expected to double by 2016, which means more patients will have greater access to care, according
to the Convenient Care Association.
"We believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution by helping to expand the medical home team," says Dr. Andrew Sussman, MinuteClinic president and senior vice president and associate chief
medical officer at CVS Caremark, based in Woonsocket, R.I.
There are currently more than 650 MinuteClinics in operation across the country, but CVS has big expansion plans. The company plans to open 150 in-store clinics this year and work toward having 1,500 clinics by 2017.
MinuteClinic has had 14 million patient visits since its first site opened in 2000.
Local pretzel maker sets sights on Goshen
Ben's Soft Pretzels recently announced it will open a sixth bakery location next month at 1202 W. Pike St., Goshen. The bakery will be located in the building where the company moved its corporate offices last year.
The store will serve pretzels and other items Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Ben's also plans to use the Goshen site for a pretzel baking training center for franchise partners.
The grand-opening date of the Goshen store has not yet been released. The company, which started in May 2008 with five employees at Concord Mall in Elkhart, now has more than 44 employees.
Club Tabby plans new store at Toscana
Little girls will love this.
Club Tabby recently signed a lease to open a store at Toscana Park, located north of Martin's Super Markets at Cleveland and Gumwood roads, according to Great Lakes Capital Development, which owns the Mishawaka shopping center.
The store is expected to carry retail boutique products for girls and offer parties and makeovers aimed at making girls feel pampered and special. More information about the business can be found at myclubtabby.com. We'll bring you more details soon.
Have you heard?
A new locally owned winery is proposed in the 21000 block of Brick Road just north of South Bend in St. Joseph County. The winery is moving through the rezoning process to produce, manufacture, bottle and sell wine products from the proposed facility. There also would be touring and tasting room events at the winery, which is adjacent to the owner's residence and vineyards. More details are coming soon. ... Ritter's Frozen Custard, located at 3921 N. Main St., Mishawaka, is offering free frozen custard on Monday so customers can try out some new flavors. The company says it is rolling out gourmet flavors with a
European twist, including avocado banana, lavender pomegranate, lemon basil and balsamic strawberry. ... Join chef Jon Ashton at a brand-new live cooking event with cooking tips and a chance to win prizes. It's called "Dash Around the Table Cooking Tour" and is scheduled to take place at
6 p.m. Thursday at Bethel College in Mishawaka. The event is sponsored by The Tribune's Newspapers in Education program. General admission is $14. ... Join our next live chat about retail and restaurants at 1 p.m. Tuesday at www.southbendtribune.com.
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