Appomattox Drugs now open in the Village of Ettrick

The building was built as a post office in 1945. But the doors of the post office closed in May of last year having served the community for more than 65 years. Fortunately, it is serving the community again, re-purposed as a pharmacy – a pharmacy that retains much of the look and feel of its post office heritage.

Pharmacist Brenda Epps and her husband Charles Epps purchased the building in May of this year and began the renovation and restoration process.

The Epps have maintained the wooden interior post office customer windows and counters, refinished the floors and kept many of the existing fixtures, in each case working to maintain the integrity of the building. They hope to have customers bring them post office memorabilia to be displayed.

“I’ve been a pharmacist for more than 30 years, and I’m pleased to be in a position to offer the kind of service this community probably came to expect out of this little post office,” pharmacist Epps said. “It’s a warm and inviting building, and the service we are providing should reflect that same personal feeling. I’m eager to hear some of the old post office stories.”

Rom Cutler design the space plan and is the front-end manager. He also served as the manager of the construction process, and built into the pharmacy a private consultation area.

“We are a family-owned business. We want to get to know our customers. We want them to feel comfortable coming to the pharmacist for advice,” Mr. Epps said. “Sometimes that means a personal conversation, and here they can do that without being concerned that they will be overheard.”

Customers will also be able to get simple compounding done, as well as flu, pneumonia, shingles and tetanus shots at Appomattox Drugs. And yes, customers will be able to buy stamps.

While many of their neighbors have dropped by during construction, Appomattox Drugs officially opened on Oct. 1, 2012.

The new home-style pharmacy will be open six days a week, and will take all major insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid and third party insurers. The store has partnered with Virginia State University to offer the Trojan card, and they will provide free delivery service within a five-mile radius of the pharmacy.

Epps, a central Virginia resident is a graduate of VCU’s pre-pharmacy program. She earned her pharmaceutical degree from Howard University in the District of Columbia.


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