Why are pharmacies elevated?

Is there some method or reason for elevating a pharmacy?

Listening to a Sienfield comedy sketch, I heard him ask this, it was funny, but true.

The ones I go to are not but I know they were in the past in a lot of cases. The places I go to were all built in the last 5-10 years.

Hm, I can picture the old drug store type pharmacys being elevated like you describe but all the modern ones I’ve been to (Walgreens, Eckerd, CVS, Target) are all floor level.

My guess is that, in the days before inch-thick plastic windows and suchlike, elevated pharmacies made it much harder to jump the counter and make a grab for the good stuff while the pharmacist’s back was turned.

Also in many cases the pharmacist ran the store so that way he could look out over the whole store more easily.

I’ve never worked in or saw a pharmacy that was elevated as in we had to step up a step. However, I have worked in some where it looked like it, just due to the way it was designed, and that the ceiling was lower in the pharmacy then the rest of the store.

I think I know what you are talking about but the big pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens and even Wal-Mart and Target don’t do that at least not around here. I can’t remember seeing elevated pharmacies in many years (Boston area and much beyond).

Having worked in both, I can tell you that Bijou is correct. The often older, independent pharmacies were run by the pharmacist, who wanted to be able to see more of the store while still behind the counter. Nowadays, that’s much rarer and the elevation is no longer common.

miatachris, R.Ph.