Mills Pharmacy, a high-end pharmacy and apothecary in Birmingham, is replacing its Epicure portion of the store with a section of freshly prepared food along with a full-service deli operated by Royal Oak-based Holiday Market.
“I’ve always wanted to bring back what the community was missing here, but I couldn’t offer a market because I’m not an expert,” says Pierre Boutros, owner of Mills Pharmacy. “I just needed to bring the right people in. This is Holiday Market’s business. They know what they’re doing.”
Boutros says that the market section will be fully run by Holiday Market and will include a deli, freshly prepared food, drinks, and candy. Holiday Market will also use the Pharmacy’s liquor license to sell a variety of liquor.
Mills Pharmacy first opened in 1946, but was recently renovated to fit the style of specialty pharmacies in New York or Paris. It includes high-end and hard-to-find beauty products, along with the full service pharmacy. Boutros says the Holiday Market addition will be tailored to fit “the elegant Mills Pharmacy experience.”
The new market is possible because of a 3,000 square foot expansion in the pharmacy, which will occur only in the Epicure section within the upcoming months. Details on the cost or when construction will began or be completed were not disclosed.
Boutros says Birmingham city officials have approved the initial floor plan.