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In 1882, Charles Bostick opened his doors to the residents of Manton, then the County Seat of Wexford County, and began a tradition that’s spanned more than 140 years.
Five generations later, Bostick’s Drug Store still stands and operates in much the same way it did in 1882: by keeping Manton healthy.
While the name and the business remain the same, ownership has changed families. Mike Moffit purchased the business from the Bostick family in 2011 and continues to provide convenient pharmacy services to local patients.
“No one in the Bostick family was interested in the pharmacy profession,” said Moffit. “I saw a good opportunity for success in retail pharmacy, so I made the move to purchase it.”
Today, Moffit is the sole proprietor and runs the business by himself in much the same way it has always been run.
“I try to give the utmost care and attention to every patient that walks through my front door,” said Moffit. “ We offer free delivery and after hours service as well.”
Whatever he is doing is working. Bostick’s Drug Store continues to grow and has become an integral part of Downtown Manton businesses and the community. Moffit credits the increase to the nature of a local pharmacy.
“Owning a small, family-run business allows me to offer that small town service — to do the little things that only a community-based pharmacy like this can do,” he said. “We just give really good customer service.”
Being the “little guy” is not without its challenges, however. With mail order pharmacies, insurance reimbursement issues and the notion that the big box stores are cheaper than local stores; it’s often difficult to keep customers coming through the doors.
Bostick’s Drug Store is located at 117 West Main Street in Manton and can be reached at (231) 824-6465.