NEW YORK — A new pharmacy in New York’s Long Island City has begun accepting cash payments to get customers through the checkout.
The first pharmacy in the city to do so is the Green Pharmacy in the Queens section of the city.
The cash payment service is available to anyone with a credit or debit card who is a registered member of the National Association of Convenience Stores, the company that runs the cash register at the Green.
The pharmacy says it will accept cash for its members, but does not specify the terms.
A Green pharmacy is a pharmacy that accepts cash to help people buy their medications.
It is not a pharmacy owned by a pharmaceutical company, nor is it a pharmacy in which a pharmacist performs the pharmacy check.
Green Pharmacy spokesman Mark Jaffe said the company has received some feedback from members about the new service, but it is unclear whether the feedback has had any impact on the company’s decision to open a pharmacy.
“This is a really unique opportunity that we’ve been able to leverage with our membership,” Jaffe told The Associated Press.
“It’s something that we’re really excited about and looking forward to the opportunities to use this.”
Green Pharmacies are part of the larger trend of cash-only pharmacy chains in the U.S.
In the past decade, cash-based pharmacy chains have been expanding their reach and opening new stores, opening new drive-thru stores and even expanding their customer base.
In 2016, more than 5,400 cash- and debit-card-based pharmacies opened nationwide, according to data compiled by the nonprofit pharmacy trade group Pharmacy Today.