Holden Pharmacy Story
Tom grew up in Brookston, Indiana, where his father owned an independent pharmacy for 42 ½ years (March 1956 – July 1998). Tom’s first job at the pharmacy was riding his bike up to the store and carrying the mail to the post office each day. He was later promoted to washing windows and burning trash. When he turned 16, he was promoted to cashier.
Tom graduated from Purdue School of Pharmacy and went to work for Revco. Allison grew up in Buies Creek, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, and went to work at Kerr Drugs (a small chain in NC).
Appropriately enough, they met in a drug store. A friend of the family once said, “She was selling notions and he took a notion.” As newlyweds, Tom and Allison opened Holden’s of Mulberry in August of 1988 and then Holden’s of Delphi in 1989. Things were going great until Tom was diagnosed with stage IV Malignant Melanoma in 1996. Told to “Get our Affairs in order” by Mayo Clinic, they sold the stores in 1997. Through God’s Grace, Allison found an experimental treatment and Tom’s cancer was cured. In 2000, Tom went back to work in Rossville for a major chain drugstore.
With great anticipation and excitement, they felt led to open another Holden’s Pharmacy in Frankfort, Indiana.