Pharmacist Jimmy Glover, who has been at Rite Aid in Lafayette for 18 years, recently announced his move to the Walgreens pharmacy.
“I’m looking forward to the new challenges with a great company,” stated Glover.
Glover is a 1964 Macon County High School graduate who worked at McClard’s drugstore for a while after high school. He went on to get an undergraduate degree from UT Knoxville on a football scholarship and then completed pharmacy school at UT Memphis.
He became a licensed pharmacist in 1971, and has practiced ever since. He worked for Butler Drugs for six years, purchased his own store, Glover Drugtown, and ran it for 21 years, and then began work with Rite Aid 18 years ago.
Now, at the age of 68, he’s starting a new chapter of his 43-year stint in pharmacy. His starting date is July 1.
“Walgreens wanted me to come when they opened five or six years ago in Lafayette. The District Manager at that time at Walgreens went to school with me and was a fraternity brother, we had apartments together. He was trying to recruit me, but I just told him I was attached to where I was. All my employees.
“But now it’s just time to move on. I’m 68… but a new challenge, that’ll get your heart rate up! I told them at Walgreens, I’ll work at least two more years. I’ll be 70 then, and maybe it’ll be time to go home and do ‘honey-do’s, you know. It’ll be hard to quit; that’s all I’ve ever done, I’ve always worked. I never took spring breaks, I’ve always worked, weekends, Christmas Thanksgiving, you know. I just really wanted to do it. It’ll be hard to quit.
“Well the people in this town, in this county… I mean they’re just wonderful people, you know? You be good to them and they’ll be good to you. And a lot of them are saying ‘If you move, I’ll move, because you came in at midnight for me and my children’, and this and that. You just perform a service.
“The employees are sad to see me go. They gave me a good lunch and a watch, with ‘Love, your girls at Rite Aid’ engraved on the back. Some of them have been there with me twelve years, nine years. That’s the reason I didn’t go before. Because of my loyalty to them and their loyalty to me.
“I’m part of the old school. Pharmacy is a personal relationship—taking care of patients one on one. That’s all it is. And if you do that, you’ve done it, you’ve taken care of your oath you know… you have to love people, if you want to be a healthcare professional. You have to care.”