A historic business in Downtown Summerville is closing its doors after 114 years. Today will be the last day of business for Jackson Drug Store on the corner of Commerce and Washington Street.
Third generation pharmacist James "Bud" Jackson III said that the decision to close the business was not an easy one. Jackson told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio that he came to the decision for several reasons. One of the primary reasons is problems with reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare. Jackson said that since most of his customers are uninsured it was becoming difficult to operate his business.
Jackson’s grandfather got off the train in Summerville 114 years ago planning to work in Summerville only a couple of weeks and ended up staying. In the early years the Jacksons lived above the drug store.
"Bud" Jackson with his Father
Mr. Jackson was bought out by CVS Pharmacy and will be working at their drug store. Jackson will have better hours and finally some vacation time. Jackson’s voice was mixed with excitement and sadness as he talked about the new venture.
Eventually a new business will movie into the old Jackson Drug Store building but the people and the business that has been conducted their for generations can never be replaced.