Twinsburg Pharmacy

In 1956, a store fronting along Public Square was purchased through the joint financial support of James Richard Hill, Jack Vorhes, and a third member. “It was a very old pharmacy at the time”, Dave Hill recalled of his father’s store. It was once the storefront for Twinsburg pharmacist Hugo Braunlich, and prior to that it was the A. E. Bishop General Store. Images of the various iterations show a similar scene: small interior brimming with goods of all kinds.

Hugo Braunlich’s Pharmacy, which eventually became the Twinsburg Pharmacy while being run by the Hill family. Also pictured are Trejbal’s Bakery and Jewell’s Gulf Station.

Dave Hill spoke about working there with his father and what it was like during the early years. “At that time, pharmacies were quite a bit different than they are today…they had an old soda fountain. It was like what you would expect in a 1920s pharmacy.” Although the pharmacy was, for a time, “the only game in town” business’s budget was tight and income and expenses ran neck-and-neck. Dale said that, “When they first started out, they were filling so few scripts, they couldn’t support two pharmacists.” His father James would man the pharmacy during these lean times and his partner Jack would work at another pharmacy he had business with.

The years ticked away and customer wants and needs changed with the times. By the early 1970s, the soda fountain was removed to make way for other things like greeting cards. The Twinsburg Pharmacy stood in opposition to new stores eroding its market share. In 1984, Jack Hill suddenly fell ill and died during the summer. The mid-1980s saw the arrival of Revco, the first, but not the last, competition to arrive on the scene. By 1996, the writing was on the wall. The Twinsburg Pharmacy shuttered its doors, heralding the end of yet another family-owned and operated business, and bringing to an end the years of personal attention, and the friendly phone calls from loyal customers asking to for emergency prescriptions and extended hours. In the end, it wasn’t necessarily competition from large chain stores that did the store in but the an unwillingness by insurance companies to work with mom-and-pop stores, preferring to only do business with the Walgreens and Drug Marts of the world.

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