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Second location, same mission for The Taylor-Brown Apothecary

The Taylor-Brown Apothecary held the ribbon cutting for its second location at 3333 Shelby Drive. Representatives from the Renaissance Business Center, the Black Business Association and the Greater Memphis Chamber all decided to be at the same place at the same last Thursday, and for good reason.

 Dr. Claude Montgomery Jr. (seated), a retired dentist and pharmacist from Clarksdale, Miss., helped make The Taylor-Brown Apothecary ribbon-cutting ceremony even more of a special occasion. Also pictured: Buck Buchanan, Jason Ivory Taylor, Dr. Joyce Brown Taylor, Dr. Ivory Taylor, City Councilman Harold Collins and Mayor AC Wharton Jr. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)

The Taylor-Brown Apothecary held the ribbon cutting for its second location at 3333 Shelby Drive at Tchulahoma Road on Sept. 1. Mayor AC Wharton Jr. also penciled the event into his schedule. He spoke of the importance of having a business that people can identify with in the Memphis community.

“Hypertension and diabetes is killing us,” said Wharton. “Anybody can write out a prescription, but how many people can sit down and tell you that this medicine will do this for you, but you have to change your eating habits?”

The Taylor-Brown Apothecary – the only African-American owned and operated drugstore chain in the Southeast –is a full service retail chain and includes a focus on disease management services, wellness and education. The disease management service programs ddress health issues, including – but not limited to – cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, behavioral health issues and other wellness issues.

In addition to the Shelby Drive location, The Taylor-Brown Apothecary has a location at 568 Poplar Ave., with plans to open another location on McLemore in the Soulsville area.

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