PITTSBURG — Lindburg Pharmacy is officially in new hands. As of Friday, May 13, Brian and Laura Sullivan turned over the classic Pittsburg pharmacy to new co-owners Laurie Graham and Jason Heardt.
Graham had recently joined the Lindburg team after the Sullivans bought the pharmacy she owned for 10 years, Arma Drug, and merged it with their location on North Broadway in December. Graham said she was sad to shut down in Arma, where she was born and raised, but was looking forward to being a staffer and not an owner.
“I was really looking forward to having less of an owner role,” Graham said. “But that didn’t last very long.”
Graham and Heardt are equal owners but manage separate locations. Graham manages the North Broadway store while Heardt manages the location on East Centennial. Graham is excited to jump back in, even though it came unexpectedly.
“I felt that since I’d been an owner before and this opportunity presented itself I should take hold of my own future,” Graham said.
Her counterpart, Co-owner Jason Heardt, is not a newcomer to the area either. Heardt grew up in Frontenac and worked for Lindburg Pharmacy as an intern. He previously worked at Osborn Drugs in Miami, Oklahoma, which was a business partner with Brian Sullivan.
“That’s what I try to tell our customers,” Sullivan said. “Jason has been working with me and our customers for some time.”
Sullivan is now working as a pharmacist with Freeman Health Systems at Freeman Hospital West. He said working as a clinical pharmacist was something he had been think about for some time.
“It was a plan that was kind of a long time in evolving,” Sullivan said.
Under the ownership of Graham and Heardt, Lindburg Pharmacy will continue to serve the Pittsburg and southeast Kansas community as it has for over 100 years.
“My first job out of school was with Lindburg Pharmacy,” Graham said. “So I tell people I’ve come full circle.”
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.