Rosenbaums purchase Funk Pharmacy
On July 1st, 24 years ago, Funk Pharmacy opened in their current location. This year, the pharmacy celebrated by officially changing ownership.
Robb and Meredith Rosenbaum, originally from the Kansas City area, purchased Funk Pharmacy after falling in love with Concordia.
"It will be a great place to raise our boys," Robb Rosenbaum said, "Everybody has been very great and welcoming."
Robb always wanted to own his own pharmacy and after 17 years in pharmacy, 10 as a pharmacist, he has finally achieved his dream.
Before moving to Concordia, the Rosenbaums were living in Shawnee where Robb had worked his way up to Vice President of an independent pharmacy, a role that Robb thinks has prepared him for his new position as owner and will hopefully make the transition smooth.
The Rosenbaums are not looking to make any changes to the pharmacy. The staff will be the same and they will strive to maintain the consistency of good service at Funk Pharmacy.
"One thing that attracted us was the great reputation that Funk Pharmacy has in the state pharmaceutical community," Meredith Rosenbaum said.
That reputation was founded by the dedication of Doug and Kathy Funk, owners of Funk Pharmacy for the past 30 years.
The Funks moved to Concordia in September of 1985. Doug had graduated from pharmacy school four years earlier and the couple had a one-year old daughter.
"Concordia is a great place to have raised a family," Funk said.
Doug Funk was the fourth owner in five years when he purchased the pharmacy in Concordia.
After a few years located in the Concordia Shopping Plaza, Funk Pharmacy bought land and broke ground at their current location.
With a son opening a business in Lawrence, a daughter living in the Kansas City area, and another daughter in her second year at University of Kansas pharmacy school, the Funks decided it was time to make the transition east, starting with their move to Lawrence three years ago.
After 30 years, the Funks are finally out of the ownership side of a pharmacy, but Doug will be staying in the pharmaceutical community and is looking into pharmacy advocacy.
The move, however smooth it may be, does not come without some emotions.
"It's been a fast 30 years. A long 30 years, too," Funk said, "The people of Concordia are terrific. It's bittersweet."
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