Following an announcement last week that Sterling Drug in Harmony would be reducing its business hours, the Harmony Economic Development Authority (EDA), EDA associate Chris Giesen and Harmony Mayor Steve Donney immediately stepped in.

Giesen explained that after an EDA meeting with former owner Eric Slindee, the city, the Economic Development Authority and the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce began looking for ways to preserve this local service for the area.

He said he feared Sterling Drug's proposed schedule, which would limit business hours to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, could be the first step in Harmony losing a local pharmacy and drug store.

Therefore a survey was developed and community input is now being sought. One can access the survey on the city's website, www.harmony.mn.us, or a paper version is available at the city hall and in the library.

Tim Gallagher, chief operating officer of Sterling Drug, shared the following statement following a discussion with Donney. "Due to feedback from our loyal customers and members of the business community in Harmony, we have decided to postpone the reduction in store hours until we can further evaluate our options. If you receive a request to complete a survey regarding the pharmacy in the near future, please respond promptly and candidly. This will help us to make a final decision that will allow us to stay open and still serve the needs of our customers."

Any questions can be directed to the Harmony EDA at (507) 886-2846.