Walgreens Buys The Broughton Street Medicine Mart

A longtime Orangeburg franchised pharmacy has been sold to a national drug store chain.

The Broughton Street Medicine Mart was sold to Walgreens Dec. 11.

Former Medicine Mart owner Pat Wooten said Walgreens approached him in the summer and made him an offer he could not refuse.

“I had debated it a good while and thought it was time,” Wooten said. “I am not getting any younger.”

Wooten is now serving as a pharmacist at the Walgreens on the corner of Broughton Street and John C. Calhoun Drive.

Wooten said he enjoyed having his own store but said Walgreens reputation is stellar.

“From a business standpoint it was the right thing to do,” Wooten said, noting that financially the Medicine Mart was ‘holding its own.’

But with uncertainty in healthcare reform and the third-party payment system, Wooten said he thought it was time to try something new.

“It was not like my ship was sinking,” he said. – READ THE REST HERE

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