Ted’s Pharmacy sells out to Fred’s

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Opp’s Ted’s Pharmacy, which has been in business for “many years,” recently changed its name to Fred’s Pharmacy after selling out to the local Fred’s retailer.

Store Manager Kim Matthews said the opportunity came up and both sides saw the benefits and the owners decided to sell.

“Last Saturday was the first day we opened as Fred’s,” she said.

For customers, Matthews said it doesn’t mean many changes.

“We’re going to stay in the same place,” she said. “We’re going to have the same staff.”

Matthews said pharmacist Johnny Carmack has been working there for 33 years and his daughter, Leslie Gohagan, joined him in 2007.

The drive thru will remain open; the company will still make deliveries; and customers will still have the opportunity to have a charge account, Matthews said.

Matthews said that one improvement is that the pharmacy will now offer the Prescription Plus discount card, which allows customers to enjoy selected generics for only $4 and savings on other prescription products.

“We’re excited about it,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to grow. It’s a win-win.”

Matthews said the gift shop located within the pharmacy will remain Ted’s on Main.

“People will still be able to get their gifts wrapped,” she said.

Matthews said the store is excited that Fred’s has agreed to continue doing the annual health fair, which consists of 23 vendors from Dothan to Andalusia and is hosted by the pharmacy.

“Our customers and community have been so supportive,” she said.