Former employees of area pharmacies have opened up their own locally owned drug stores after a Walgreens buyout forced them to close their doors. Around 140 pharmacies owned by USA Drug were bought out last year by Walgreens and many closed their doors.
Two pharmacies, Express RX in Carthage and Express RX in Miami, have been open for about a month and will host their grand opening this weekend at each store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carthage resident Bettina Edwards says she was happy to hear that former employees from Mays Drugs Warehouse decided to open up their own locally run drug stores in Carthage and Miami, called Express RX, to save the hometown feel.
"You need to support your town and I think Carthage is really good about that," says Edwards.
Express RX says its customers can expect services that they can't get at a big chain.
"A lot of people are excited to see us back because we're the same people that were in the pharmacy before, so just a familiar face that they know and are just really excited to come back," says Amy Claus, a pharmacy tech at Express RX.
Carthage Express RX owner Andy Martin says they had their soft opening about a month ago but that the grand opening will take place this weekend.
"We know there are other options, and probably good options, but we enjoyed the community and think that we can provide another level of customer service," says Martin.
Tim Hierd, a former USA Drug employee and owner of the Express RX in Miami agrees.
"I've actually had customers call me at home saying they weren't happy with the service they were receiving and encouraging me to do it, so it was more previous customer encouragement than anything else," says Hierd.
Edwards says she is happy to support the new store with her business and hope others do the same.