The Brightside: Apple Discount Drugs celebrates 50 years in business
SALISBURY, Md. – On Tuesday, Apple Discount Drugs celebrated 50 years in business, as current and former staff took a look back at those five decades and what has made the business a safe haven for people in need.
“Touched, blessed, blessed not only to survive the challenging times over the last 50 years, but also blessed to surround myself with an incredible group of people,” that’s how Jeff Sherr, the owner of Apple Discount Drugs, tells us he feels as the pharmacy hits the milestone.
But Jeff says you can’t look back on the last 50 years without mentioning one name, Len Winkleman, the former owner of the store.
“He took me under his wing and at the time, I was a sales rep for a drug company, and he saw something in me,” Jeff said.
Jeff started working under Len in the pharmacy, and when Len passed away, Jeff took over. But he’s taken the lessons from Len to heart and implemented them into the business daily.
“People wear bracelets that say WWJD, what would Jesus do, to us it’s always what would Len do?” Jeff said.
So what would Len do? Jeff says always put the customer first and go out of your way to help others. He says, that mindset has earned them trust in the community, becoming a place where people know they’ll be taken care of.
“What happens in a community pharmacy is you build relationships, it’s a little different than a hospital. In a hospital, you get better and hopefully never go back again. But obviously we see our people basically every month,” Jeff said.
And while Jeff can name a few challenges over the last 50 years, including a fire at their old Berlin location and the covid-19 pandemic, he says walking into a place every day he knows people can come to and leave feeling better makes the ups and downs worth it.
“I think the fact is that we see that we’ve made differences in people’s lives, and I think that’s the feel good, that’s what it’s all about, that’s what we’ve done for the past 50 years and hopefully for the next 50 years,” Jeff said.
Now with the milestone behind them, Jeff says while he begins to take a step back from leadership, his son, Zack, will be taking over.