A 116-Year Old Business Closes

Stout's Pharmacy dispensed more than drugs during its 116 years of operation. A sign on the store wall also spoke of its commitment to the product and to the customer.

But at 6 o-clock Wednesday night, that came to an end, with the closing of the store and its sale to national chain CVS.

"We've always done well here, business-wise," says Bruce Pfalzgraf, Pharmacist and the most recent owner of the store. "It's just the uncertainty. I started to feel uncomfortable about different things."

Pfalzgraf worked there for 28 years, buying the store in 1998 from long-time owner Bob Stout. He says changes in federal guidelines...but not just the recently-approved Affordable Health Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, played a role in his decision to sell.

"That's made it very hard for independent pharmacies to survive," Pfalzgraf says. "The uncertainty about the future is what's caused me to make this decision."

What CVS gets in the deal is Stout's prescription customer list. Pfalzgraf and some of his staff also will be working at the CVS store on Murdoch avenue. Customers learned of the closing just about the time we did.

"Some of them started crying, and we all started crying too. It's a hard thing."

Stout's at one time had stores in downtown Parkersburg, as well as in Mineral Wells and St. Marys.

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