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Mark French recently opened Mark’s Scrubs in Marion near Walgreen’s and Kroger. The business specializes in medical uniforms, scrubs and other medical accessories.

Medical professionals looking for uniforms and scrubs have a new option for scrubs thanks to a new Marion business.

Mark’s Scrubs, Medical Uniforms and Apparel recently opened at 1401 N. Carbon St. Owner Mark French says the store offers name-brand medical uniforms for both men and women from manufacturers including Cherokee, Heart and Soul and Infinity, as well as carrying stethoscopes, bandage scissors and other accessories.

Even though French has never worked in medicine, he has a lot of experience with nurses and other health care providers. A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy, French has battled multiple sclerosis for a number of years, enduring countless visits to medical facilities. Through observation and asking questions, he’s learned what health care professionals want in their uniforms.

“If I am not able to do my job any more in law enforcement, I want to be able to do something,” French said. “I want to get up everyday and have a positive attitude and make a difference. That’s why I started this.”

French plans to continue his current employment while his mother and fiancé take care of the business. He adds that he believes the medical uniform sector is poised for growth.

“Hospitals and nursing homes aren’t going anywhere, plus people in other careers are starting to wear scrubs; people like cooks, for example,” he said.

French says his goal is for customer service to set Mark’s Scrubs apart from other sources.

“We are from Southern Illinois and we are invested into the region. We want people to come in and feel comfortable and our goal is to know our customers, their needs and likes,” he said, adding that the store will have a “great environment” featuring custom-made fixtures and some extras.

“We’re going to have a lounge area so if somebody comes in with someone else, they can just hang out and watch TV. It’s going to be a welcoming place,” he said.

French adds that children of shoppers will find toys to keep them entertained while mom or dad find apparel. He says hours (the store will be open until 6 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays) are designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of medical personnel.

French says that one of his goals is for the business to give charitably, assisting those with other medical conditions.

“We want to donate a portion of everything from the business,” he said. Some people have health issues — maybe the need a wheelchair ramp or someone to mow their yard. We want to help out so they don’t have to worry about all of that stuff.

“I want to be able to pass things along, because with my health issues, I’ve had, honestly, a better experience than most people.”

He adds that Mark's Scrubs is all about being a part of the community.

“We’re from Southern Illinois. We want to keep things local and take care of people in our area whether it’s with great apparel or with extra things we do.”

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