Carmichael recalls 44 years as pharmacy owner

At peak, business filled 250 prescriptions daily

For forty-four years Alan Carmichael’s Uvalde Rexall Drug Company occupied the corner of North Getty and West Nopal streets. Now, only the sign remains. And for those 44 years, a group of local men showed up every morning at the side door for their morning coffee 30 minutes before Carmichael officially opened the front door for business.

Among those early-risers were George Horner, Charlie Raine, Steve Hoag, Dub Stewart, George Wentz, Jack Van Cleave, Ed Stanfield, Jack Molloy and Bruce Kingsbery. Carmichael recalls that when he first bought the drug store in 1963, coffee was just a nickel. When he sold the business in 2007, coffee was 46 cents.


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