Our Tradition

In April 1956 J.A. (Al) MacLellan and John MacDonald, two young pharmacists, opened a drugstore in downtown Charlottetown, named MEDICAL PHARMACY on the corner of Pownal and Richmond Streets.

This was just a block away from The Charlottetown Clinic and The Charlottetown Hospital. Within a few years Al MacLellan became the sole owner, and in 1969 he added a large new addition.

With the rapid growth of the suburban areas of Charlottetown, a decision was made to relocate to Sherwood. On January 25, 1979, the business was moved to 21 Brackley Point Road and reopened under the new name SHERWOOD DRUG MART.

In January 1987, Sherwood Drug Mart moved into a new larger building next door, and MAID MARIAN’S DINER later opened in the vacated store.  Over the next several years two expansions of the drugstore were completed.

In May 2009, Maid Marian’s and Sherwood Drug Mart were destroyed in a devastating and spectacular fire. Fortunately a location was available across the street for the pharmacy, and the store was able to reopen on a limited basis by noon the next day. With the assistance of many area pharmacies, store staff, volunteers and suppliers, the store was back in full service within days.
The drugstore reopened in a new modern and spacious building at 19 Brackley Point Road on January 15, 2010. Sherwood Drug Mart currently employs 49 staff, some of which have been there for over 30 years.

A firm believer in embracing new technology, Sherwood Drug Mart was the first pharmacy on PEI to have an automated blister packaging machine and the first in Canada to have a Parata Max® automated drug dispensing machine.

Sherwood Drug Mart is now owned and operated by Al’s sons, Rob and Greg, and is proud to be the oldest family owned pharmacy in Prince Edward Island.

Photos depict our original store interior and delivery van, along with some interesting product artifacts preserved from the old Charlottetown location circa 1950’s.