By Brad Dison
It was business as usual yesterday, August 18, at the New Arcadia Health Mart on Railroad Avenue in Arcadia until sheriff’s deputies arrived with an order to seize the inventory of the pharmacy. It was just one in a string of store foreclosures owned by the same individual in multiple parishes.
Ms. Sherry Calep, long time employee of New Arcadia Health Mart said about the seizure, “To all of Arcadia Pharmacy customers, I’m so sorry to inform you that the pharmacy has closed until further notice. If some of you who are our customers will tell some of the elderly who are not on Facebook, I would appreciate it. It’s none of the workers reason we’re closed but it’s all on the Owner. Love you all !! Thank you!! When Mr. Gene sold the pharmacy, I was really at a loss, but because of the friendly people that I came in contact with, I decided to stay and work there. My heart is broken. I love each and everyone of our customers.”
The business, New Arcadia Health Mart, is listed under Djapni Estate LLC whose sole registered agent and officer is Dr. Richard Thibaut Feuzing Djapni, a licensed pharmacists, whose registered address is in Monroe. According to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website, Djapni Estate LLC’s status is “Not In Good Standing for failure to file Annual Report.” The last annual report for the company was filed in June of 2020. Richard Djapni and Djapni Estate LLC owns or has owned several businesses consisting of grocery stories and pharmacies in multiple locations in north and south Louisiana.
Ms. Calep has worked at new Arcadia Health Mart for the past nine years. She was hired under Gene & Alicia Reeves, whom she described as being the “best bosses anyone could ask for. We were like Family.” When Dr. Djapni first started in 2020, “things were rocky,” according to Ms. Calep, “but he assured me that things would get better.”
The foreclosure in Arcadia stemmed from a civil suit, First Financial Bank vs. Djapni Estate LLC, New Arcadia Parmacy LLC, Honeycutt LLC, and Richard Thibaut Feuzig Djapni, which was filed in May, 2022.
Sheriff John Ballance said “Arcadia still has a pharmacy!!! Arcadia Family Pharmacy.”
A representative from Arcadia Family Pharmacy said, “Our team is here to help all patients in Arcadia as we learned this morning that First Financial Bank with the assistance of the Sherriff’s department has closed New Arcadia Pharmacy. A pharmacist from another town was on site simply to secure the medication for public safety at the request of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Sherriff’s department. Unfortunately, we have no further information but please call us at 318-263-3948 if there is anything we can do to assist during this transition.”
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