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Wallace honored for Excellence in Business

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By Carrie Poe

A slow economy has not stopped Jason Wallace, owner of Grant County Drugs, from opening more pharmacies in Grant County.

“Healthcare as a business is immune to the economy,” Wallace said. “Sickness doesn’t stop because the economy is down, people are still going to get sick and will still need their medicine.”

Wallace was honored with the 2009 Excellence in Business award at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Wallace, a Grant County native that followed his father into the family’s pharmacy business, was humbled when they announced his name.

“I am not an award seeking guy, I like to do my thing in the background,” Wallace said.

He is quick to give credit for his success to his employees.

“My success is largely due to my ability to surround myself with great people, Wallace said. “My employees mean the world to me.”

Wallace, 39, took over the family business in 2002, and since then he has opened up two more locations of Grant County Drugs, one in Williamstown in 2004 and one in Crittenden, which opened last month.

Wallace is a 1988 graduate from Grant County High School. He then went to Hanover College in Hanover, Ind. where he received his bachelors in arts degree in psychology. After he graduated in 1992, he decided to go to pharmacy school and was accepted to the University of Kentucky Doctoral of Pharmacy School. He graduated in 1999 making him the first doctor of pharmacy in Grant County.

Grant County Drugs opened in 1964 and will celebrate its 45th year in business on July 11 with a grand opening of the Crittenden location and a giveaway of a new 2009 Chevy Malibu.

Wallace knew he wanted a career that he could give back to people, but he didn’t know that his career path would lead him down the same one as his father, Bob Wallace, just 38 years later.

“I wanted to be in the medical field and help people,” Wallace said. “Pharmacy is the ultimate way to do that because you have direct access to patients and you can impact people’s lives in a positive way.”

Grant County Drugs is active in the community by being a part of the Grant Couty Relay for Life, Senior Bash and Cruisin’ the Ridge.

In addition, Wallace said he supports the Grant County Little Leagues, 4-H and various activities at Grant County and Williamstown schools.

He also recently worked with Helping Hands to locate a Thrift Store in an unused portion of the Grant County Drugs location on Barnes Road. Wallace charges minimal rent for the 1,800 square feet of space for thrift store.

Cliff Wallace, Jason’s uncle wrote a letter of recommendation to support Wallace for winning the award. The nominations read, “Jason Wallace has been a positive influence in the Grant County business community. Wallace is a young Grant County business man who has expanded a long standing successful business. He has taken the risk in an uncertain economic time and put his trust in his customers, the people of Grant County.”