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Whitney Hughes at District Drugs

Our Story

Born and raised in Mississippi to entrepreneur parents, Whitney Harris long dreamed of starting her own pharmacy. Whitney grew up in New Albany, Mississippi, graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, and went on to a residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

After completing her residency, Whitney worked as a Clinical Specialist for the Kroger corporation, serving all of northeast Mississippi and Memphis and ensuring that every pharmacist in the area was up to date with their clinical knowledge. 

Whitney then joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi Pharmacy School in Jackson, doing community-based research and outreach. When Lester Hailey, owner of Beemon Drugs, wanted to expand the clinical side of his pharmacy, he invited Whitney in for an interview and hired her on the spot. She spent four and a half years under Lester’s mentorship and built a number of lasting relationships with its clients. Some had used the pharmacy for three generations, since its opening in 1956.

When Beemon’s closed, Whitney knew that it was the right time to start District Drugs & Mercantile. Over the years, she developed trusted relationships with patients and doctors, and she wanted to start District Drugs & Mercantile to bring former patients the same customer service that they had experienced for so many years at Beemon’s.