Mickey Ginsburg, the oldest working pharmacy owner in Arizona, has retired. Photo by Pat McNamara

December 29, 2021 marked the closing of one of the rare, privately owned pharmacies in Arizona, Old Pueblo Pharmacy. As he approaches his 91st birthday in January, Myron (Mickey) Ginsburg will finally be retiring after 69 years as a pharmacist, his last 22 years spent serving the Sonoita/Elgin/Patagonia community.

Ginsburg, already a world traveler, plans on revisiting Austria and Hungary where his roots are, and then down to Argentina. He also plans on spending more time with his race horses with an emphasis on breeding his mares.

The building has been sold to a winery, and after renovation will be a tasting room for that enterprise. Ginsburg will transfer all of the current pharmacy records to the Walgreens Pharmacy in Sierra Vista unless otherwise specified by the clients he has been serving.

Ginsburg stated that he has mixed feelings about retiring, though he looks forward to the travel and more time with his horses. He also wants to “thank all of the wonderful customers and the community’s support” for his business.