By Ashley Shuler
Too sick to get out of bed?
A new pharmacy in downtown Franklin will bring medicine right to your dorm.
Franklin Community Pharmacy is a 10-minute walk from campus, making it the closest pharmacy to the college.
Andrew Murray and his wife, Jamie, who serves as the pharmacy’s business manager, opened their doors Sept. 8.
The opening follows the closing of independently-owned Henderson Drugs, which closed its pharmacy section last year after 136 years of business.
“I’ve always had an interest in opening up a pharmacy down here,” Murray said. “But I never wanted to compete with Henderson’s.”
Murray, who has been a pharmacist for 17 years, said his interest in pharmaceuticals began around junior high.
“I’d watch my grandma with all these pill bottles,” Murray said. “She’d try to figure out how to fill her med box. She’d mumble, ‘I don’t know when I’m supposed to take these’ and ‘this is such a pain.’ … And she told me that I should become a pharmacist.”
Although the couple has lived in the Franklin area since 2006, Murray’s background is in small town, independently-owned pharmacies in his home town of Goble, Michigan.
“That’s kind of my thing,” Murray said. “I’d much rather work at an independently-owned, small town pharmacy than working at Walgreens or CVS.”
Henderson Drugs closed its pharmacy, in part, because of the strong competition with corporate chains.
“With today’s changes set in place by our government and the ever changing insurance policies, the independent just couldn’t compete with the larger chains anymore,” Henderson Drugs said in a Facebook status about their closing.
But Murray said he is confident the pharmacy will offer something different than corporate chains.
“You’ll see the same faces everyday, and we will know everybody by name,” Murray said.
The couple said they are excited to get “truly involved” in the Franklin community, attending and sponsoring as many events as possible.
Murray said he and his family attend Franklin College functions, and that he has already met the college’s new president, Thomas Minar.
“Those are some unique connections,” Murray said. “I don’t think CVS, Walgreens or Wal-Mart can say that they’ve had a personal conversation with Franklin College’s president.”
In addition to over-the-counter medications and prescription fills, Murray said he is available to answer any general medical questions students may have if they don’t have a doctor in Franklin.
The pharmacy also offers free prescription delivery in Franklin and hopes to expand doorstep deliveries to all of Johnson County.
Franklin Community Pharmacy is located at 30 S. Water St. in downtown Franklin. Its hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.