After expanding to the Baltimore area last year, a digital pharmacy startup moved the center of its local operations downtown.
Medly Pharmacy opened a 5,000-square-foot location at 300 St. Paul St. transitioning its local HQ to the center of the city from an initial space in Westminster. From the new location, it will offer same-day prescription delivery service within a 50-mile radius — a delivery zone that will still include Westminster even as it expands.
New York-based Medly expanded to the Baltimore area in August 2020 as it sought to move down the East Coast. The company’s model combines both a brick-and-mortar pharmacy and fulfillment center for the delivery service, both of which will be present in the new space. It now has additional locations in Philly, New Jersey, Raleigh and Miami.
It comes as the company saw a 700% increase in prescriptions filled over the last year, as the pandemic left many patients wary of picking up pills in-person. With the bigger location, it can fill 30 times more prescriptions, it said, and deliver to a wider area. With the move into the city, the company will also have proximity to a cluster of startups, with plenty working in digital health.
“2020 was a landmark year for Medly and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this growth and expansion in 2021,” said Marg Patel, CEO of Medly, in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging technology to help Baltimore eliminate pharmacy deserts so every resident can easily access their medications.”
The company currently employs 20 people in Baltimore, with plans to hire an additional 12 delivery drivers as it grows in the next 12 months.
“I am thrilled to welcome Medly into our community and applaud Medly’s commitment to ensuring all our community’s residents, especially those who are elderly or suffering from chronic conditions, can easily obtain their prescriptions,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said. “I look forward to continue fostering this partnership with Medly in the years to come, and know they’ll help our residents lead happier and healthier lives.”