And they had such a great business plan too.
No contraception of any kind dispensed. No porn. No candy. No pop. No cosmetics.
But they did have Catlicks, lots of Catlicks in the nabe. It was located right beside a Catlick bookstore and within shouting distance of two big churches. But, oddly, they didn't flock to the no-fun pharmacy.
DMC Pharmacy, a pro-life Catholic pharmacy that opened with much fanfare in Chantilly, Va., in October 2008, closed last month because of lack of funds.
"We could not make it work financially," said Robert Laird, executive director for the pharmacy, whose letters stood for Divine Mercy Care. "We could never get that big push to make it viable and finally the board of directors said enough was enough."
By the time the store closed March 4, it was losing in the tens of thousands of dollars per month. When it opened 18 months ago at a cost of $350,000 just as the national economy was in a free fall, the 1,500-square-foot store on Metrotech Drive did not stock birth control pills, condoms, cigarettes or pornographic magazines.
It did have booklets on natural family planning below a picture of St. John Leonardi, the patron saint of pharmacists.
Sad, innit? Old St. John Leonardi just doesn't pull the crowds he used to.