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By Yelena Serrato/The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY—After hearing his cousin speak about her experience as a pharmacist in his biology class sophomore year, Brance Wilson became inspired to follow the same career path.
Wilson graduated from Lockney High School and attended Texas Tech University during his undergraduate studies for two years and furthered his education at Texas Tech Pharmacy School.
“It was a long road to get here,” said Wilson. “I’ve been really lucky, real blessed that it all worked out for me.”
Before announcing his return home, Wilson had worked at Walgreens, Dr. Martinez’s Oncology Clinic in Lubbock as a pharmacy manager, which was bought out by Covenant, and at an independent Denver City pharmacy.
His decision to return to Lockney came after seeing an opportunity to purchase Hometown Pharmacy.
“About a year ago, late May early June, I started looking into it, and it just rolled from there to where we are now,” said Wilson. “The previous owner Alisa Prayor had actually reached out to me. Her son’s wife was the sister of one of my really good friends in pharmacy school, and he had mentioned to me that his mother in-law was selling the pharmacy in Lockney. He asked me if I was interested in buying it, but at that point I was like no because I had just graduated.”
“It was just out of luck that I would have known a family member of the previous owner for a long time. That’s kind of how it all started. I just called Prayor and asked if the pharmacy was still for sale, and she said yes and we just went from there,” explained Wilson.
Wilson Family Pharmacy will continue providing its services in Silverton under this new management, which was established by the previous owner.
“It is possibly the second telepharmacy in the state of Texas. It’s a full functioning pharmacy. The only thing they don’t do are schedule II drugs and immunizations. It’s a pretty cool deal,” said Wilson. “It was kind of packaged in with what I have now.”
He will operate both locations in Lockney and Silverton under the same business hours and alongside the same staff.
When asked what he envisions for the new Wilson Family Pharmacy Wilson responded with, “Just continuing to provide the services to the community that have always been in place. If we can keep doing what they have been doing, we will be happy. My wife and I plan to be here for a while, so we’ll just see where it takes us.”
Wilson Family Pharmacy also has a gift shop. Stop by and check out their gifts for special occasions.
Wilson is the father of two young children with another on the way, so it is a neat experience for him and his wife Kimberly to raise their children in his hometown. The community of Lockney is very fortunate to have him and his family take over the new pharmacy.
The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon wishes him and his staff the best of luck during this new journey.