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The genesis of the Valley Crossing idea came from conversations with area residents, he said.

"The way the community came to us was just unreal, they were extremely supportive," Downey said.

"We're just trying to give back to the community."

If anyone should know, it's Downey, who started Downey Drug in 1971.

At the time he was the youngest man in Calhoun County to own a drug store. Now, he said, he is the oldest.

Downey Drug has two locations -- one on U.S. 431 and one on Alabama 202 in Wellborn Plaza -- another development he oversaw -- as well as Downey Medical.

"The people in that community are absolutely incredible," he said. "They are easy to take care of because they are so supportive."