Sutton's sells pharmacy business

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

Sutton’s Pharmacy sold: John Woodard, the owner of Sutton’s Drug Store for 37 years, has sold the Franklin Street business’s pharmacy to CVS Pharmacy.

Although he sold the pharmacy, the lunch counter and soda fountain inside the longtime drug store will remain open, and the store will continue to sell convenience store items including candy and soft drinks.

The pharmacy business has moved to the new CVS on Franklin Street, and Woodard began working for the company June 17.

“We see it as an opportunity to g row the business of a new pharmacy as well as continuing to seamlessly provide prescription access to local customers,” Mike DeAngelis, a spokesman for CVS, said of the purchase.

Woodard was the third owner of Sutton’s, which first opened in 1923. He said he sold the business because of changes in the health care industry.

“We could see that it was just going to get tighter and together and tighter for small, independent drug stores,” he said, adding that prescription volume is a factor in a pharmacy’s success, and there is a limited number parking spaces downtown.

“(It) makes it hard for people who want to come downtown unless they’re already working on campus within walking distance,” he said. “With convenience being the most important factor that people look at these days, it just makes it kind of difficult even though we have a loyal customer base.”

Woodard said he plans to create a “mini museum” inside the store to show where the longtime pharmacy operated.


East End closing: Franklin Street’s East End Martini Bar will close its doors after Saturday, according to posts on the bar’s Facebook page. Attempts to reach bar staff for comment were unsuccessful.


Campus Calzones to replace Pita Pit: The Pita Pit on Franklin Street has closed, and, according to a sign on the business, it looks like there are plans afoot to open a location of Campus Calzones there.

There is a location of a business called “Campus Calzones” in Greenville that caters to East Carolina University students. It serves made-to-order calzones as well as wings, salads, and sides for dine-in, take-out, or delivery there, according to its website.

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