By Susan Harper
It’s amazing how many drug stores our little town can support. When CVS arrived, I worried that its presence would hurt Commerce Drug, where my family has been trading since they opened the doors in 1915. But every time I went in Commerce Drug to pick up a prescription, people were three-deep at the pharmacy counter, so I felt reassured. And CVS carried an array of merchandise that kept me from having to leave town for some purchases.
But then CVS introduced its ExtraCare card: required now for getting coupons and discounts on some items. I was already carrying cards from Ingles, Dress Barn, Factory Brand Shoes, American Airlines, and Vitamin World. All of this — along with the requisite drivers license, auto insurance card, library card, Medicare card, supplemental health-coverage card, and voter registration card — was causing my wallet to bulge. And that’s without mentioning the real wallet “musts” — money, credit and debit cards, and the latest photo of my grandson.