Murphy's Pharmacy gone but won't be forgotten
Marla Golden prepares to assist Dan Parsons of Litchfield, the final customer at Murphy's Pharmacy on Thursday. BZ photos
Litchfield's beloved hometown pharmacy, Murphy's, reached the end of the line Thursday.
After 68 years, the business was closed by its owners, Mark Murphy and Marla Golden. The pharmacy was established by their late father, Joseph, in 1951, and was a landmark in the center of town, a place where locals could go not only for personalized service but also to catch up with friends and on the news of the day.
Longtime residents can recall the soda fountain in the store and stopping in to buy candy on the way home from school.
Despite the best efforts of Murphy and Golden, the pharmacy could no longer compete with the large chain pharmacies that have come to dominate the pharmacy market. They've sold the business to CVS Pharmacy and will sell their building in the future.
A few longtime customers wandered into the store Thursday just before its 6 p.m. closing time. The final transaction was the purchase of a backscratcher by Dan Parsons of Litchfield. A few minutes after 6, Golden closed and locked the front door. A big part of Litchfield was gone.
The cash register rings for the final time as Parsons buys a backscratcher.
Matthew Seavey of Torrington, a longtime customer, stopped in to say goodbye.
Cathy Oneglia, left, of Litchfield, thanks Marla Golden for her many years of service after Golden locked the pharmacy's front door for the last time.