Darren Doyle, story and photo:
One of Brownsville's oldest businesses is currently working on moving from their location on Main Street to just down the road at Park Place, a strip mall located near the southern Brownsville city limit.
Edmonson Drug, which has been in business and at the same location since 1950, has announced their plans for an expansion and a move. Trevor Ray, with Midway Pharmacy, the parent company of Edmonson Drug says that while the nostalgia of the Main St. location will be missed, taking advantage of the opportunity for expansion and to better serve their customers is a priority.
"Our customers have shown us the need for more products and services, they want better parking, and more handicap accessibility," said Ray. "Moving to Park Place is a way to solve these problems."
He said the store will double their current square footage in the move which will allow them to offer more products and expand their drive-thru service. Construction plans for the new drive-thru will add the service to the west end of the building, where the former "Reneva's" boutique was located. Ray said the plan is for customers to be able to use the existing entrance of Park Place, have the ability to drive directly up to the new window, then use a new exit from the parking lot that will connect to Veteran's HWY (259).
"We'll have the same staff with Sam, Nathan, and our same group," said Ray. "Some of these folks have been with us for 17-18 years."
Ray said the timetable for the move is somewhere between 60 to 90 days. Until then, things will continue as usual at the original location.
"We plan on keeping our customers informed of our progress and updates, while ensuring them that everything will continue running the same during this process. We've offered free countywide delivery since 2015 and that will remain the same through, and after this process."
He said the plan will be to close the Main St. store on a particular Saturday at noon, then open at their new location on the next Monday morning at 8am. He also said that the store has even more plans in the future to bring other services and products to Edmonson County, but nothing for discussion at this time.
"We're excited about this move," said Ray. "Our new services and products, the parking availability, and our new drive thru are really going to help our customers. In a small community like ours, you can have one business that's able to make improvements, then that causes another to make improvements. Before you know it, you have some real progress that helps the entire community."
The store is open Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm and on Saturdays 8am until noon. You can visit their Facebook page by clicking here or call 270-597-2386.