Rogers Pharmacy Looks Back on 50 Years of Business

Rogers Pharmacy celebrated 50 years of business Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 7:38 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Rogers Pharmacy celebrated 50 years of business Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Founder Mel Rogers said when he bought his first pharmacy in 1967 he never imagined that 50 years later he would be celebrating a half a century of business.

"Where we are is not our destination, but we're still on the journey. So, as we try and grow with the industry itself we don't want to be just good, we want to be the best," Rogers said.

Rogers said the pharmacy has implimented a five and ten year plan to help the business grow twice the size it is now in the next few years.

However, while the pharmacy as a whole is looking forward to the future, Rogers said he's also taking time to reflect on the past. 

Pharmacies, or drug stores, started out with soda fountains and homegood items. Now, Rogers said the technology, education and politics of the business has changed significantly. 

"We pecked on a typewriter. I still have that old Smith Corona things that's beat all up," Rogers said. "You got some regular index cards and you typed the patient's names and if you knew that they had allergies. So, that was my computer."

Rogers Pharmacy has grown from eight employees to over 50. Rogers said when they first started the pharmacy would fill about 45 prescriptions a day. Now, the business fills over 2000 a day. 

"I took the Drug Store name off and put pharmacy. I didn't think that's where we were heading," Rogers said. "That's when we sat down and asked ourselves who are we? What are we doing here? How do we wanna get to where we think we wanna be?"

It was that kind of thinking that led Rogers to expand his business to four areas including Mound City, Tarkio, Maryville and St. Joseph.

Rogers son Benne Rogers is now CEO of the business but said he's proud of everything his father has accomplished.

"My dad would always say 'you don't always have to be the best at something, but there's no reason to let somebody out work you'. So, he is definitely a worker," Benne said. "I don't know anybody that works harder than him."

Benne said as the company moves forward and he takes on his father's legacy, he knows he has some very large shoes to fill.

"What he's done in the past, that's a definite motivation to try and continue that in the future," Benne said. 

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