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Downtown Natchez Drug Store Closes
from Staff Reports - NEWS
November 15, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss. — A long-standing downtown Natchez store went out of business Tuesday when Wilson-Holder Drug Co. shuttered after six decades of selling a variety of goods ranging from plant seeds to prescription medicine.

The old-fashioned drug store on Franklin Street first opened around 1948, said proprietor Larry Holder, who bought it in 1979. In going out of business, Holder pointed to the economic difficulties of operating an independent pharmacy competing with corporate drug-store chains. Holder noted downtown Natchez once had 11 drug stores during its 20th Century heydays.

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell bemoaned the loss of the store, which provided a convenience for downtown dwellers wanting prescription drugs and other items within short distance from their homes. The mayor said he contacted officials at drug-store chain Walgreens in hopes of getting them interested in taking over the Wilson-Holder location. Holder said he tried unsuccessfully to get another pharmacist to replace him. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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