Tomas Dy-Makao opens a Chinese herbal pharmacy in the quiet town of Naga. Located in the southern region of Luzon, he named his business Southern Drug.
Southstar Drug is a chain of drugstores in the Philippines. Established in 1937 as a small business venture engaged in the retail of Chinese herbal medicines which was located in Naga City, Philippines.
Southstar Drug is one of the largest drugstore chains in the Philippines. Since 1937, it has carried a wide range of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, and a variety of food, personal care and health & wellness items. Southstar Drug operates several store concepts, from stand-alone dedicated pharmacies to stores inside supermarkets, and pharmacies with self-service convenience sections. Southstar Drug was founded by the Dy family in Naga City more than 75 years ago. From a humble mom-and-pop business, the company is now one of the country’s Top 500 Corporations. Southstar Drug recently acquired Chavez Pharmacy, a drugstore chain in Batangas. Commencing operations in 1975, Chavez Pharmacy now has seven stores. The acquisition will allow Robinsons Retail to further expand and strengthen its drug store business. Southstar Drug has now over 500+ stores nationwide and still growing!
Our Mission: "To become a drugstore of choice in - Service, Trust, Accessibility and Responsibility"
Southern Drug begins to offer Western medicine and gradually expands to the rest of the Bicol provinces. It soon changes its name to New Southstar Drug.
New Southstar Drug's first store outside of Bicol opens in Metro Manila.
Following its expansion to the other regions,
New Southstar Drug is renamed Southstar Drug.
The company becomes the first drugstore chain to fully implement a centralized POS system in all its branches.
Southstar Drug is listed in the Top 1000 Corporations in the Philippines.
Expansion to the Visayas begins in Samar.
Southstar Drug acquires 50 stores from Manson Drug which gives the company market leadership in Central Luzon.
The company celebrates its 75th anniversary, making it the longest-established drugstore chain in the country.
Southstar Drug enters into a partnership with Robinsons Retail Group - one of the country's leading and strongest retail company.
The company's 200th store opens in Nuvali, Laguna.
Southstar Drug is listed in the Top 500 Corporations in the Philippines.
The company becomes the first drugstore to use the Supplier Portal and Analytic, a web-based solution that allows access to information about their products in Southstar Drug stores anywhere anytime.
The company changed its corporate logo as part of its initiative to communicate for a fresher look as a strong brand of pharmacy and as a drugstore establishing a youthful and vibrant energy.
The company improved its store design as it continues to aim increase visibility and promote good health.
The company unprecedently opened numerous stores across the Philippines specifically in NCR, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Western and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Davao Region as of date.
The company is now with over 500 stores nationwide.