Over the years we've earned a reputation for amazing food, eclectic shopping, and topnotch personal pharmacy services. Duran's is proud and grateful to serve our local community!
In business since 1942, Duran Central Pharmacy is one of the oldest commercial establishments in Albuquerque. The original owner of the drugstore was Pete Duran, a graduate of Notre Dame and the Colorado School of Pharmacy. As a resident of Old Town, he wanted his business close by on or near Central Avenue, Route 66.
In 1965, Mr. Duran retired and sold the store to his staff pharmacist, Robert Ghattas, a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy. The business began to outgrow its location and in 1975 the pharmacy moved to its current location at 1815 Central Avenue NW, where it has since been located.
In 2010, Robert decided it was time to step back from the business and retired. Mona, his daughter, has continued the family business credo, sharing her passion in the care of their patients. The pharmacy has grown considerably over the years, reflecting changes in the health and medical fields. In addition, the business now includes a large selection of toiletries, gift items, and medical supplies. The original soda fountain has evolved into a full blown restaurant, serving fantastic New Mexican food and is famous world wide for its red and green chile.
Duran Central Pharmacy is proud to be an independent community pharmacy supporting other small and locally-owned businesses in West Downtown Albuquerque.
As the second generation owner of Duran’s, Mona has spent her professional life in the service of her community. She is passionate about supporting locally owned businesses. As an Albuquerque native and a proud alumni of the UNM School of Pharmacy, Mona is committed to the health and safety of her staff and patients.
Raised by Ibex sheep in the Florida Mountains of southern New Mexico, Jay strives for the human interactions available in the store with our valued customers and exceptional staff (he doesn't get out much, otherwise). Remember the term “Jack of All Trades?" For Duran’s, it is “Jay of a High Number of Trades."
As the Organization Manager, Claire gets involved with every piece of Duran's and tries to make everyone's life a little bit easier with new processes and procedures. It's a lot more fun than it sounds, since there are few things Claire enjoys more than organizing (though her label-maker makes the list).
Duran Central Pharmacy takes pride in maintaining personal relationships with our customers. We want to find a solution for you! Please reach out to us via phone, email, or social media with questions, special order requests, or unsolicited free advice. We are here for you!
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