Although adjusting to the COVID pandemic has been challenging, one Yazoo City business is adjusting to a new business model while embracing a rich history in recent renovations.
Webb’s Pharmacy switched to strictly curbside service when news of the COVID pandemic began circulating through the community and nation. Safety precautions and social distancing guidelines were incorporated within the local pharmacy’s business model, that has stood the test of time for generations.
“We made the tough decision to switch to curbside service only for the safety of customers and our staff,” said owner Nick King. “Our staff has missed the interaction with customers in the store and looks forward to opening the store back up to our community.”
But King also saw an opportunity to use the time while the inside of the business was not being used for customers to do some upgrades to the Yazoo icon. The customer service and quality of products will remain the same when the pharmacy opens its doors to the public again. But the new renovations will reveal some of the business’ rich history, almost stepping back in time, while embracing new technology.
“We had been dreaming to make Webb's look like it's original self,” King said. “By exposing the antique tin ceiling and stripping down to the original hardwood floors, we have really improved that feeling.”
The original hardwood floors shine, and the tin ceiling takes one back to the yesteryears of the pharmacy. The original massive oak register counter that was used over a century ago was also located and will return to the store.
“Customers can expect the same friendly and helpful service but with a much more historical environment,” King said.
King said Webb’s will also welcome an ice cream line called Jitney Ice Cream. The pharmacy will also have an antique candy case with tons of goodies and much more products that are all made locally or in Mississippi.
“Our gift section has been revamped to support small Mississippi businesses instead of large corporations,” King added.
When the renovations are complete and Webb’s begins to open its doors to the public, King said he hopes the customer will embrace the new look and continue to support a local business that has always strived to put the customer first.
“Shopping local supports families,” King said. “It helps families send their children to school, ballet lessons, and buy clothes and groceries. We are not out to make millions of dollars, but just what our families need to live life. Small businesses buy the ads for local schools, sponsor local baseball and softball teams, donate to fundraisers and silent auctions for families or people in need. We hope people will see the importance in that and come visit us at Webb's Pharmacy.”