MIDLOTHIAN — U.S. Drug Mart has been a fixture in Midlothian for 20 years. The independent pharmacy opened in the community when the only drug store in town was Eckerd’s. Over the years, the business has more than doubled the shop size with two expansions.

“We came here 20 years ago when we saw an opportunity to start a store from scratch in a good town. Midlothian was a good size and growing,” owner Tom Jefferson said.

Jefferson said he had a partner in the beginning and their original idea was to expand to several states. They initially decided on the name American Drug Mart, but that name was already taken so they settled on U.S. Drug Mart to signify the scope of their plan. The business is now a corporation with four shareholders and a location in Ferris and two stores in Wichita Falls in addition to Midlothian store located 310 W. Avenue F.

“We pride ourselves on our service, so we try to give a higher level of service than the national chains,” Jefferson said. “We know our customers names and greet them at the door. Our service is faster than anywhere in town.”

It is the special services that really set the store apart. They provide prescription compounding, which requires special training and special equipment. Delivery service is available within an eight-mile radius for a nominal fee.

“There are items that have been discontinued and we can make those,” he said. “We custom compound to fit the doctor’s prescription. We also make veterinary compounds.”

Jefferson is originally from Oklahoma and has lived in Waxahachie for the past 25 years. He said the first 20 years of his career were spent in Dallas. When he opened U.S. Drug Mart in Midlothian, he and daughter Robyn Wilson operated the business on their own. The store now has seven employees.

“In this space, Midlothian is still the small town I moved to in 1980. Everybody knows each other and it’s friendly,” said Stephanie Frankiewicz, certified pharmacy tech and employee for seven years. “That’s why I was a customer here before I became an employee. I wouldn’t work anywhere else.”

Jefferson said in addition to their focus on exceptional service their prices on brand name drugs are very competitive. Fast, friendly service and good prices have kept customers returning over the years.

“When you have a sick child the last thing you want to do is spend your time waiting (for a prescription). And that’s what we can do – help you get your child home quickly,” Frankiewicz said.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary and show its appreciation to its loyal customers and the community, U.S. Drug Mart will hold an open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday, March 25, with refreshments and door prizes.

“Midlothian has been a great town for us,” Jefferson said. “It’s been good to us and we’ve tried to be good to it.”

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.hertz@wninews.com or call 469-517-1451.