By Nick Nunn staff writer

Bobby Crawford, city councilman and long-time owner of Madison Drug Company, retired on May 1 and sold his share of the business to Gary Whetzel, the co-owner of the business for the last 14 years. Luanne Whetzel, Gary Whetzel’s wife, will be in charge of revamping the store in coming months. “I think they will do a good job. They are fully capable,” said Crawford. “Madison Drug has always served people very well, I am happy to pass it on and look forward to enjoying my retirement.” According to Crawford, the Madison Drug Company can be traced back to 1851. Crawford took it over in 1966 and moved the store to its current location, 213 North Main Street in 1987. The Whetzels are proud to be the owners of this historic Madison business. “My wife and I appreciate Bobby and Nancy Crawford for giving us this opportunity,” said Whetzel. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to follow in their footsteps,” said Luanne Whetzel, Gary Whetzel’s wife.

“They have served the community for the last four decades and we are thrilled to inhereit the loyal customers from them and carry on in their tradition.” According to Gary Whetzel, though the look of the store will be updated in coming months, customers need not to worry about the store’s lunch service disappearing. “Our lunches aren’t going anywhere,” said Gary Whetzel. Luanne Whetzel, and daughter-in-law, Jacquelyn Whetzel are in charge of implementing some changes to the front-end of the store. “We are in the process of getting ready to remodel,” said Gary Whetzel. “We are getting some fresh paint on the walls and just jazzing things up a bit,” said Luanne Whetzel.

According to Luanne Whetzel, customers can look forward to an all-age appealing gift section with personalization and monogramming features, a Christian book section, and healthier options added to the lunch menu. Nothing will be removed from the current menu, but more variety will be added to it, said Luanne Whetzel. Luanne Whetzel is most excited about the Christian book section the store will soon feature. “We hope to service and minister to the community through our Christians book section,” said Luanne Whetzel. The Whetzels are open to suggestions as they take over the Madison Drug Company. “We want to hear from the public to know what they would like to see us carry,” said Luanne Whetzel.