Owego Native Sets Up Shop in Hometown

By Alice Maggiore
By Bill Webster

Owego Native Sets Up Shop in Hometown

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For John Gatto, owning a pharmacy in his hometown was a lifelong dream.

It's taken a lot of hard work to get to opening day, but he's grateful for that long road.

Gatto graduated from the Albany College of Pharmacy, and learned the managerial ropes at the Medicine Shoppe in Vestal.

He says one thing you can count on in his shop is customer service.

"I just love the community, I love the people here, they're really family," he says. "They're people that I've grown up with, people that know me, know my family, and I just feel a close tie to the community."

Gatto spent the better part of the last 2-and-a-half years talking to people and businesses, laying out the business plan, and getting the inventory together.

That all led to the warm welcome he received from the community, which he says plays a big part in why he set up shop on Fifth Avenue.

"I live in Owego, born and raised in Owego, I know the people, the only way to compete with a big chain is customer service," says Gatto. "Because I know the people, it's really just been family oriented. A lot of my faith, background in it too."

The Owego Pharmacy will be open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sundays.

Gato says that day should be spent with faith and family.