Northampton’s neighborhood pharmacy, Newhard Pharmacy, was established somewhere around 1895. In 1969, John A. Pavis and Peter J. Stahl purchased the pharmacy from Aaron Newhard. Newhard Pharmacy has been a fixture on Main Street since its opening, changing facilities as the business grew and ownership changed. In 1975, Pavis and Stahl built the current store at 1001 Main Street. This new, larger facility was built at the former site of the Northampton & Bath Railroad Station and allowed Newhard Pharmacy the space to grow to become the one-stop shop for all of Northampton.
In 1994 Newhard Pharmacy established their Long Term Care Pharmacy which specializes in custom packaged medications for assisted living facilities. This business has grown so rapidly, the original building has been expanded to accommodate this growing business. Luckily, there is still room for growth on the current property which means the business will continue to be a fixture in Northampton for the foreseeable future.
The next big change came in 2003 when Peter J. Stahl retired and John J. Pavis became his father’s partner in the pharmacy. Although this has been a big change for the business, John has been an employee of the pharmacy for years and shares his father’s desire to keep Newhard Pharmacy a family owned business that is deeply committed to serving its customers for years to come.
Finally, in 2015, Mr. Pavis decided it was time to step back. Although you’ll still see him working hard here, John is now the sole owner of Newhard Pharmacy as of February 24, 2015 – 46 years to the date that his father & Pete Stahl bought Newhard Pharmacy from Aaron Newhard.