By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
A longtime Richmond family business was sold Jan. 1, but don’t expect any extreme changes.
Everett and Patricia Thompson handed the reins of their pharmacy, C&C Discount Drug, to C&C pharmacist Susan Duffett and husband Royce.
The Everetts bought out partners for sole ownership of C&C in 1981. In the early 1990s, the couple purchased the former NAPA auto parts store at its current location, 401 Wollard Blvd.
“We started at dead zero – to this. Now, new blood will take it to a higher level,” said Everett Thompson. The couple, both pharmacists, employed one to two pharmacy techs at the beginning. Susan Duffett joined C&C in 2006 to help with the growing business. The store now has four pharmacists and 16 pharmacy technicians and other staff. The sale of the pharmacy came at the right time for both parties, Susan Duffett said.
“It was a mutual thing. Everett was getting ready for retirement and we were wanting to do something more.”
“We have loved working here. We have loved this community. We’ll miss the patient contact, but think it’s the right time,” Patricia Thompson said.
The Duffetts and Thompsons emphasized customer care – including counseling and help with Medicare – as a top priority.