A Message From Alex November 2019

When helping customers at the store, one of my favorite things to hear is “this store is so unique! It’s unlike any other drugstore I’ve ever been in.” It’s even more exciting to hear it from a teenager or young parent who lives in town. While a lot of our customers have grown up in Naperville, this town’s population has exploded over the past few decades. When a new family moves into town, many think a chain drugstore is their only option for prescriptions.

We are extremely happy to be the one independent store in Naperville where patients can “unchain” themselves from the big box stores. Did you know that in Illinois there are still 553 independent pharmacies, compared to 919 chain stores? Independent pharmacies are far from extinct—and for a good reason!

The Alternative to Chain Pharmacies in Naperville

When you walk into Oswald’s, it’s a completely different experience from any cookie-cutter chain drugstore. From our phenomenal selection of gift items to our toy section, from our huge greeting card department to the area’s largest selection of lift chairs and scooters, our store is filled with uniquely curated options for your everyday needs. Our selection reflects what our community needs

Our family has always been dedicated to the wellbeing of our community and, most importantly, you and your family. What I’ve learned from my father, grandfather, and great grandfather growing up, is that being a part of the community is essential. We’re not here to just fill a prescription, we’re here to take care of your family, and our community at large.

I still meet customers who remember calling my grandfather at 2 o’clock in the morning because their child was sick and needed a prescription filled. My Grandpa would drive Downtown Naperville, fill the script, and deliver it to their home. To this day we still offer FREE prescription delivery to our customers in Naperville.

From Our Family to Yours

That being said… I want to thank all of you who have trusted my family to support your family over the years. It’s an honor, and we don’t take that lightly. That’s why I’m extremely proud to be running my family’s business, as our 6th generation! Next time you hear someone gripe about long lines at their chain pharmacy, or the fact their pharmacist doesn’t have the time to talk with them, please remind them that ‘small town’ mentality and service still exist in our very large city. Oswald’s has been here for over 140 years (crazy, isn’t it?!) and we’re not looking to quit anytime soon. ℞

Written by Alex Anderson

Alex is the current general manager at Oswald's Pharmacy. A 6th generation member of the Wickel-Oswald-Kester-Anderson family, Alex focuses on innovation and taking the business into the future. With 7 years of working for Whole Foods Market as a Marketing & Community Relations Specialist, Healthy Eating Specialist, and Private Events Coordinator, Alex has a unique perspective on big and small businesses. Alex graduated with a BA degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. A graduate of Naperville North High School in 2005, Alex has spent most of his life in Naperville and Chicago. He currently lives in Naperville with his wife and 2 children (Oswald's 7th Generation!) and is an active member of the Naperville Jaycees.