In 1955, as a newly graduated Illinois pharmacist, Mr. John B. Davidson came to Florida on vacation. In love with the area and convinced it offered great opportunity, he spent most of that vacation interviewing with pharmaceutical companies. By the next year he was based in Sarasota, working as a sales rep for a drug distributor, but looking for a site for his own store, Siesta Key seemed just right.
John B. Davidson vividly remembers 1958 when he opened the first drugstore on Siesta Key. He swept the sidewalk in front of his business at 8:30 every morning and closed up himself every evening at 9:00. For five years he worked 80 hours a week, even operating the soda fountain. Some said his business would never survive on the sparsely populated Siesta Key, which many believed would never develop. But they were wrong.
Today, Mr. Davidson has three thriving stores located throughout Sarasota. His is the oldest established drugstore under the same continuous ownership in Sarasota. Two of Davidson’s sons, Richard and Robert, help operate the family business today.
John Davidson remains dedicated to excellence and providing the highest quality products and services to a broad range of customers.
Here at Davidson Drugs, we believe that it takes more than just medication compliance to achieve overall good health and wellness. We reach out to our customers and our community by not only providing the highest quality of medication, care, and customer service, but by also offering numerous services, programs, and resources to keep our community healthy, happy and well-informed.
Davidson Drugs continues to strengthen our tradition of being the most respected, trusted, and service-oriented pharmacy in the community. Our dedication to continuous advancements in the practice of pharmacy, along with our implementation of personalized health programs and services, will allow us to better serve our community for years to come.
To provide our community with the ultimate personalized pharmacy “experience” by promoting healthy living through improved medication adherence, and a greater appreciation for overall health and wellness.