HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A local drug store that’s been in business for more than 180 is closing it’s doors on Monday at 6 p.m.
Blair’s Drug Store opened in 1833. The current location along Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico County is currently owned by a couple who are both pharmacists.
Berkeley and Joy Rayfield purchased the pharmacy about a year and a half ago. The couple says business improved drastically, but making a profit in the changing pharmaceutical industry became increasingly difficult.
“A little defeated, but I mean I don’t think it’s so much what we did, because things increased like we were hoping that they would,” says Berkeley Rayfield.
Customers are also very sad to see their neighborhood pharmacy close.
“They have been here way before when I was little, I remember my parents coming here,” says Joane Drayton, a customer. “They have a lot of people who really love and care and are going to be really hurt that the business is gone.”
The business has about nine employees. Many of them have already identified other opportunities for work.
Maime Andrews has worked at the drug store for almost 30 years.
“I just loved the job and the people, the customers,” says Andrews. “I didn’t think about it at first. I just kept going day to day. I didn’t even think about it. As time gets closers of course, it wears on you and I hate it so bad. It makes you want to cry.”
The drug store will close on Monday November 9th at 6 p.m.
Prescriptions will be transferred to the Walgreens just about a block away. Berkeley Rayfield will temporarily work at the facility to help his customers with the transition.
“This has been a wonderful place for many wonderful people, and even though Blair’s is closing, the doors, the memories will always be alive,” says Joy Rayfield.