By Jacob Bembry
When one walks into the Jackson’s Drug Store at 1308 SW Grand Street in Greenville, it’s as if one has walked through a magical door to the past. One will get a warm, cozy feel as they look at walls and racks lined with gifts, candies and vitamins. Keep walking and, at the back, one will meet the friendly pharmacy staff.
Danny Jackson, owner of the store, comes from a long line of pharmacists. As a matter of fact, his grandfather Jackson owned the store when his Danny’s father, Charles, was born. Later he sold the store to Sam Henley, who ran the store as Greenville Drug Store until the early 1990s before closing it. In 1993, Danny reopened the friendly hometown pharmacy.
Charles Jackson owns the Jackson’s Drug Store in Monticello. In addition to Danny, Charles’ daughter, Marsha Plaines, is also a pharmacist, Son David, former PGA golfer, runs the Jefferson County Country Club. Charles’ brother, William, who used to own a drug store in Jasper, helps Danny at the store in Greenville on occasion.
Assisting Danny at the Greenville pharmacy are Pat Brooks and her daughter, Lee Anne Agner; Regina Vassell; and Jeanie Metzger, who also works in the Monticello store.
Danny is quick to help customers who have questions and concerns about their medications. If a customer needs medicine during off hours, they can call (850) 997-3977.
Another hometown touch offered by the business is delivery to homes and businesses in Greenville and nearby areas.
Jackson’s Drug Store also offers compounding, when medications are not available commercially.
Danny and his mother, Tracy, who works at the family’s store in Monticello, worry about the impact that the insurance companies are having on hometown pharmacies.
“The insurance companies do not want to pay for what you do,” Tracy said. “You can’t make a profit anymore.”
“It’s getting tough because the reimbursement rates are so low,” Danny said. “The only way to make money is to cut costs.”
Danny said that mail order pharmacies are also eating into the profit margins of the small businesses. The companies lobby Congress and the insurance companies, who tend to favor the huge companies over the small pharmacies.
Danny said that he thinks people calling, writing and emailing their legislators and Congressmen will help the hometown pharmacies. “We’ve done everything we can,” he said. “Now, it’s up to our customers.”
He said that Jackson’s Drug Store truly values their customers and offers friendly, family service.
Danny and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Tyler, who is a senior at Aucilla Christian Academy, and Jenny, who is in seventh grade.
Stop by Jackson’s Drug Store, located at 1308 SW Grand Street in Greenville, or give them a call at (850) 948-3011.