response to recent letter to editor

2013.08.08.independent.mailI’m not quite sure where this came from, but here’s my response to a recent letter to the editor in the Anderson Independent Mail.

Does Bryant not want competition? (Manuel Krupshow)
Question: Why isn’t there a pharmacy at the Ingles store on North Main Street so local people can take advantage of low-cost drugs offered at the other Ingles stores?
Answer: State Senator Kevin Bryant, an advocate of free enterprise, owns a drugstore directly across the street from Ingles.

Dear Editor,
I have enjoyed representing Anderson County in the South Carolina Senate since 2005. I also have been blessed to be a part of a family business that my father purchased in 1963.
A letter printed Aug. 8 in the Independent Mail, “Does Bryant not want competition?”, insinuating that I have used my position to prevent a pharmacy from being developed in a grocery store across the street from our family pharmacy.
Please allow me to set the record straight. I do not have any authority involved in the pharmacy licensing process. Also, if I did, I would never prevent any business from providing any service. I have contacted the store management. They are not aware of any pharmacy application, however, I assured them that should they pursue a pharmacy development I will assist them in any way.
I am an advocate of free enterprise and customer options. Your readers will recognize that service in retail pharmacy is excellent in all of Anderson’s drugstores. Healthy competition is an essential factor in all industries, especially the retail business.