W. Kim Richardson  | Owner/Pharmacist, The Pitt Street Pharmacy

W. Kim Richardson, owner and pharmacist of the historic Pitt Street Pharmacy in Mount Pleasant, S.C., graduated from Clemson University with a degree in pre-professional studies in 1975 and earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978.

 

Before purchasing Pitt Street Pharmacy in 1996, Richardson opened the first northeast-based Fay’s Drugs in Forest City, N.C. After the southern division was sold to Rite-Aid, he moved with Rite-Aid to Mount Pleasant and ran the southern division for one year. He then became vice president of Family Pharmaceuticals of America, Inc., a nationwide mail service pharmacy located in Mount Pleasant, and served for 12 years.

Richardson and his wife, Katie, purchased Pitt Street Pharmacy in 1996 with the goal of continuing the tradition of excellence began by Washington “Wattie” Zeigler in 1937 and carried on after his death in 1982 by his wife Della, along with Gene Whitley ’58 and Lavern James ’56.

Richardson is originally from Heath Springs, S.C. and, other than a one-year hiatus, has lived and worked in the Mount Pleasant area since 1978. Kim and Katie Richardson currently live across the street from the pharmacy in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.

A multi-year winner of the Moultrie News Readers Choice Award as Best Pharmacist, Richardson has facilitated a decade-long commitment of Pitt Street Pharmacy to donate medical supplies for Camp Happy Days, a nonprofit that offers camps programs for children battling cancer.

Richardson is a member of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church and has served as a deacon, elder, clerk of session and a member of the church’s medical mission team to Honduras. Richardson’s other passions are Clemson football, hunting and music (especially bluegrass). He has become a noted regular at Dabo Swinney’s fantasy camp.

Along with being co-owner of Pitt Street Pharmacy, Katie Richardson has been an administrator/teacher at Charleston Day School for almost 35 years. They have two sons. Will Richardson graduated from Clemson University and lives in the Republic of Georgia (near Russia) where he works as a journalist. Townes Richardson is 24 years old and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Forestry. He lives in Summerton and works for Delta Timber Company.