LITCHFIELD — A mainstay in the Litchfield community, Murphy’s Pharmacy, has been sold to rival pharmaceutical giant, CVS. Owner Mark Murphy said closing the pharmacy for good after 68 years has been unavoidable due to low insurance reimbursements on prescriptions. CVS pharmacy in Litchfield is assuring a smooth transition for Murphy’s customers, but Murphy noted that if they would be offering delivery, “it would probably be by drone.”
Murphy, co-owner with his sister Marla Golden, recently shared that he has followed in his father’s footsteps by personally delivering prescriptions to 7-10 customers a week, after closing the business for the day.
Litchfield resident Marilyn Rourke said “Mark and Marla have been my extended family for my many years living in Litchfield. I will miss Murphy’s Pharmacy so much, especially because my medications were delivered right to my door, on many occasions when I could not get out of bed.”
Bobby Siddall, owner of Colonial Greenhouse on Meadow Street, just a few houses down from Murphy’s Pharmacy, reminisces about how as a child she would walk to Murphy’s Pharmacy.
“They had a soda fountain in those days, and that’s where we bought our penny candy,” she said. “Mr. Joseph Murphy let us lick the lid of the ice-cream container, then we played with them like Frisbees. He also kindly allowed our business to post a sign on the brick exterior, which is much faded, but still there.”
Murphy is concentrating on clearing out the building and donating items such as the gift card racks, to Lourdes of Litchfield. The custom-made cabinetry that includes a vintage telephone booth will also be on the auction block.
He and his sister have not yet listed the quaint little building overlooking the town green with a realtor, but said there has been a lot of interest. They are confident the building will be reimagined by a new owner soon, and fondly remembered by local residents.