When the renovations at the century-old Person Street Pharmacy are complete, customers will still be able to pick up their medications and pay a visit to the soda fountain.
But they’ll also have access to an on-site health clinic and a new menu to peruse at the pharmacy’s cafe in a sleek, new interior.
Pharmacist Trey Waters bought the red-brick property at the corner of Person and Pace streets near downtown Raleigh last June and has been busy overhauling the inside of the shop.
“We want to update it so we’re here for the next 100 years,” Waters said.
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The renovations brought the pharmacy counter to the middle of the shop, rather than tucked in the back. A cafe at the front of the store is expected to open in the next several weeks, and a two-exam room clinic in the back will open in the coming months.
Waters won’t operate the clinic, but expects to lease it to a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant who could offer primary care as well as urgent care services.
He said it will be a benefit to have the clinic on site so patients, pharmacists and the primary care providers will be able to build a strong relationship.
Similarly, he’s glad to bring a quick, healthy food option to customers and the neighborhood.
“We are what we eat,” Waters said. “Food plays a vital role in your health.”
The pharmacy has been open since 1910. Waters is only the second owner since the 1970s.
He hopes customers will continue to find the pharmacy a place that meets their medical needs and one where they can gather for a quick bite to eat, a hand-crafted soda or an ice cream cone.
“Everyone’s going to be very welcomed,” he said.
The changes at the pharmacy are just the latest in the ongoing growth on Person Street, a neighborhood that’s gone from vacant storefronts to a popular destination for new shops and restaurants.
Long referred to as “just north of downtown,” the neighborhood landed as a key destination in the city’s latest draft of a plan to grow downtown.
Chef Chad McIntyre said he hopes the cafe will be a place nearby residents walk to for breakfast or lunch. He anticipates a sandwich and side at the cafe will cost about $8.
The menu also will include some breakfast options and baked goods, in addition to standard lunch fare.
The old soda fountain will remain, and the cafe will partner with Crude Bitters and Sodas to offer hand-crafted sodas.
“It’s an updated take on what was here,” McIntyre said.