Todd's Pharmacy of Camden nearing completion
By William F. West
Sunday, September 17, 2017
CAMDEN — After years of planning, Todd's Pharmacy of Camden is taking shape in a new building that also will be home to three tenants.
William Owens, who co-owns the Todd's Pharmacy chain that now features four stores, said the Camden store may open by the end of the month. The newly constructed building is just south of the Camden Courthouse near the intersection of U.S. Highway 158 and N.C. Highway 343.
Owens said his company had hoped to open Todd's Pharmacy of Camden earlier this summer. However, the project encountered a number of delays, including a number due to the business having to meet government regulations and insurance standards.
"So, that's kind of held us up as much as anything, but we're getting there," Owens said last week.
The new Todd's Pharmacy of Camden will be a traditional drugstore offering, in addition to prescription medicines, over-the-counter health and beauty aids and greeting cards. The pharmacy will also feature a drive-up window.
At more than 13,000 square feet, the pharmacy building will be large enough to also house three tenants. One will be Itza Boutza Pizza, which will be relocating from the Camden Business Park off U.S. 158. It will occupy a 2,200-square-foot space in the building. Another tenant will be Shun Xing Chinese restaurant, which will lease 1,600 square feet. The Shun Xing restaurant will be its owners’ second location; they currently operate a restaurant at University Plaza in Elizabeth City.
Owens said he's finalizing paperwork with a third tenant. He declined to name the tenant, but said the 4,200-square-foot space will used as a medical office.
Todd's Pharmacy currently operates stores on South Poindexter Street in downtown Elizabeth City, on North Road Street near Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, on Caratoke Highway in Moyock, and on Main Street in Gatesville.
Owens said opening a pharmacy in Camden has been in his company’s plans for some time.
"As a matter of fact, we were actually trying to do it back in 2006, before the downturn in the economy," he said.
Owens believes Camden, which currently doesn’t have a drugstore, is prime for new business development. Following the widening of U.S. 158 through Camden to four lanes, Dollar General and a Hardee’s restaurant have opened. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, the traffic count on U.S. 158 between the Pasquotank River and Belcross is now anywhere from 16,000 to 17,000 vehicles a day.
Owens said a number of Todd’s customers already live in Camden and drive to the pharmacy’s other locations. He believes they will welcome the new location. In fact, he said jokingly, some customers have told him: "If you give me a drug store and a grocery store, I'll never come across that bridge again."
Owens anticipates Todd's Pharmacy of Camden will employ eight people. Two employees will be Lindsey Lynam, who will be the pharmacist in charge, and Billy Lane, who will be a second pharmacist. Half of the remaining positions will be new hires, he said.
Todd's Pharmacy of Camden’s business hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.