WILTON — Lang’s Pharmacy opened Monday at 28 Center St. — joining Stewart Flowers, Village Market and other local businesses in Town Center.

Store owner Frank Randazzo also operates another location in Weston, where he lives, and will run the Wilton location with his business partner Peter D’Aprile, of Newtown.

“The communities are very similar, so we had a feeling that this community could really use an independent pharmacy,” Randazzo said.

“And that’s the feedback we’ve gotten,” added D’Aprile, who also owns Kent Station Pharmacy. “The independent one in town closed and people still miss that pharmacy, so they’re happy that we’re here.”

The business partners and brothers-in-law liken Lang’s to a boutique with a pharmacy in it, offering prescription medication, delivery service, and consultation, as well an assortment of seasonal gifts, body care products and all-natural, organic cosmetics.

As an independent pharmacy, D’Aprile said it’s important to find a niche to be a strong competitor.

Independent pharmacies like Lang’s represent an $81.5 billion marketplace that comprises nearly 40 percent of all U.S. retail pharmacies, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Lang’s is a member of Health Mart, a network of more than 3,500 independently-owned pharmacies in the U.S.

“We’re here for a more upscale shopping experience and service,” said D’Aprile, who’s been a pharmacist for 23 years at both independent and chain stores. “These are my customers; this is my pride, my store. You don’t get that working for a chain.”

As for the location, Randazzo said it was a decision based on their preferences as opposed to its strategic proximity to CVS Pharmacy down the street.

“It really fits in our model of more of an old-town pharmacy. The building is 1890’s construction and an original post office in Wilton,” he said. “And our neighbors, they’re wonderful.”

Vickie Mathews, who’s lived in Wilton for 11 years, said she is most excited about having another local business in town.

“The other surrounding towns like New Canaan, Weston and Ridgefield kind of all have these and I think the town was sort of lacking this unique space,” she said, while perusing the store with her friend, Courtney Lilly,

“Hopefully a sign of more to come of local independent businesses,” Lilly added.

The pharmacy will be staffed with two full-time pharmacists, two technicians, a store manager and store clerk, rotated among Randazzo and D’Aprile’s other stores; staff work with insurance companies on behalf of customers for prescription transfers and overrides. All insurance plans are accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare.

Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.langspharmacywc.com/ or call 203-762-67000.

skim@hearstmediact.com; 203-354-1044; @stephaniehnkim