Old Bob Clark's store opens again as antiques store

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM.

The patriarch of the family remembered a time when the pharmacy was the place to be.

"We had everything we wanted. If somebody wanted it, we’d give it to them. If you didn’t like it, we’d take it back," he said. "We had a nice store."

He opened the pharmacy in 1957 at the Havelock Commercial Shopping Center but moved in 1963 to the present site at the corner of Trader Avenue and West Main Street.

Joe Hailey remembered what it was like to come to Clark’s back in the day.

"All the world’s problems were solved back here in the snack bar area and the fountain," he said. "Everybody would come in at lunchtime or after work in the evenings and just sit around and drink coffee and visit the Clarks. The mayor, the commissioners, everybody would stop by.

"You couldn’t get in here at lunchtime back in the good days because it was so crowded. It was a pharmacy. There was a big Christmas room that used to be in here. They had everything in here. If you could not get it in here at Bob Clark’s, you didn’t need it, used to be the old saying back in the good old days."

Hailey will work as the store’s part-time clerk.

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