New Conroy Apothecary opens in Oak Bluffs


A second Conroy Apothecary recently opened in Oak Bluffs in the newly restored Noyes building at 82 Penacook Avenue at the corner of Circuit Avenue.

Owners Tami Conroy and Stan Hersh, who also own Conroy Apothecary in West Tisbury, started opening their new store about two weeks ago without much fanfare as stock came in and the building’s construction was finishing up.

“We’re very excited,” Ms. Conroy said. “Lots of people have been coming in just to reminisce about the last time there was a drug store in Oak Bluffs and sharing stories about how happy they are that there’s going to be a pharmacy in town.”

Like its sister store, the new Conroy’s offers over-the-counter and prescription medicines, drinks and snacks, books, greeting cards, gift items, wrapping paper, and health and beauty aids.

Ms. Conroy said she thinks the new pharmacy will be a nice addition as another anchor store for downtown Oak Bluffs, like Reliable Market.

“Stan and I have watched Oak Bluffs becoming more vibrant in the winter over the past few years,” Ms. Conroy said. “We’d drive through in the winter, and there wouldn’t be a parking space. So we decided it was the right time.”

Pharmacist Paula Caron moved from Conroy’s in West Tisbury, where she worked for almost 15 years, to serve in her hometown’s new store. “She’s a great pharmacist, and I think she will manage the store really well for us,” Ms. Conroy said.

The pharmacy department is open 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and the store until 9 pm for the summer, on Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, the pharmacy is closed and the front part of the store is open from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

The historic Noyes building most recently housed the old Oak Bluffs Public Library. The town contributed $474,000 from Community Preservation Act funds towards its restoration. Additional funds were secured from a grant through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development grant.

The contractor for the project was the Hayes Group and the developer, The Resource Inc. (TRI). In addition to the pharmacy on the first floor, the restored building includes three affordable rental units on the second floor.

The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority (DCRHA) will manage the property and rentals, along with subcontractor O’Brien Property Management.

A qualifying lottery was held Monday night at the Oak Bluffs town hall to determine the order in which apartment rental applications received would be reviewed.

“We now have a list starting today that we’re working from, and I think we’ll be making the first offers of tenancy by this time next week,” DCRHA executive director David Vigneault told The Times in a phone call Tuesday.