Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 28, 2005

Kremer Pharmacy sold to Keavenys

By Lynda Jensen

A cornerstone of the Winsted business community will continue under different ownership following a change of hands, effective April 1.

Ken and Evonne Kremer will end 28 years of ownership by selling Kremer Pharmacy of Winsted to Kelly and Deborah Keaveny of Cokato.What's in it for YOU?

Ken will continue to serve the customers whom he knows so well, but two to three days per week instead of full-time as before, he said. He has health issues with his legs that helped him make the decision to sell, he said.

Ken has been in the pharmacy business since 1970. His family arrived in Winsted August 1974, buying the drug store from Herb Roufs in July 1977.

“The 28 years went really fast,” he said.

Evonne remembers first helping with handwritten monthly statements, although these were quickly converted into typewritten form.

“We do everything on computer now,” she said.

Ken felt comfortable selling to the Keavenys, who are well-established in the small-town pharmacy business.

Three generations of Keavenys have operated pharmacies, and their family has been in the drug store business for 75 years, commented Kelly Keaveny.

The Keavenys own Keaveny’s Thrifty White in Cokato and Annandale.

Deborah Keaveny plans to bring in more merchandise, she said. The Winsted store will be much like the Annandale store in size, she said.

Cokato features a large assortment of gifts and collectibles, plus a Hallmark.

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