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2013-01-24

To my loyal Braun Drug customers

Letters to the Editor

Yes, it's me, Diana Braun, a blast from the past ...
Not everyone is aware of the reason behind my hasty retreat from Braun Drug in 2007. My elderly parents needed help. Duty called and I answered.
I knew I could never survive a going away party, so I chose to say my goodbyes on a more personal level, which was really more my style anyway. The problem is that it all happened so quickly that I never got a chance to say goodbye to a lot of you - something I've always regretted.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone not only for your patronage, but also for your friendship. I moved to Bandera straight out of UT pharmacy school - a non-Texan and a non-Aggie - but you welcomed me with open arms anyway!
So, a thank you goes out from the bottom of my heart for having faith in me, my employees and Braun Drug for over 20 years.
In lieu of the recent events, I must make it clear that neither I - nor the employees of Braun Medicine Chest - had previous knowledge of the sale of the drugstore to CVS. It came as much of a surprise to them as it did to you and me.
We are heartbroken, as I know many of you are, to see the dismantling of a store that was 15 years in the making. When I left Bandera, I took solace in believing that I had left Braun Drug in good hands. Hands that appreciated the incredible history behind the interior of Braun Drug, just as I had appreciated the Gilleans' City Drug from Stamford, Texas around which my store was built.
Many of you contributed wonderful old medicine bottles to Braun Drug and we loved hearing the stories behind each bottle. It is hard to believe that it is all gone - progress, I suppose.
In closing, I want to thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your families' lives for 20 years. If you choose to leave "Braun Drug," the girls and I will understand, but please know that you will be dearly missed, because, after all, you're family.
Diana Braun
North Carolina