In 1920, W.C. Sprinkle and Dr. C. N. Sprinkle
(great grand father and grand father of present owner Chuck Sprinkle) purchased the business.
Chuck Sprinkle was working for Rite Aid in Weaverville at the time.
Knowing the long history of the store and having worked there as an intern, he
hated to see the Store close.
wife Brenda were able to purchase the store from Mr. Kemp and the other owners.
division manager found out Chuck
was buying the Drug Store, he
told him he
"would starve to death.
That store isn't doing any business."
Weaverville Drug late 1990's
Weaverville Drug Co.
as it looked in the late 1990's
Despite this warning, Chuck
and Brenda went ahead with the purchase.
When the Sprinkle's bought the Drug Store in 1993, it was in need of a lift, both in sales and structure.
The roof leaked, and almost everything under it was either dirty or worn out.
With very little money to work with, Chuck
, Brenda and their boys spent many hours cleaning, painting and remolding the old store.
Slowly the old business came back to life.
They brought back the old soda fountain and kept the look of the old neighborhood store.
The Drug Store again became a gathering place for people to enjoy an ice cream treat.
By providing caring personal service and accepting most insurance plans, the prescription volume began to grow.
operated the pharmacy at 26 N. Main for 8 years.
former manager's warning, the business had not only survived, but grown.
By 2005 Weaverville Drug would be filling more prescriptions per week than any store the former Manager had in his division in 1993.
Brenda and Chuck
wanted their new building to keep some of the nostalgia of the old one.
Unable to move the original unit, Brenda and Chuck
sought to reproduce the distinctive style and appeal of the original soda counter.
was one of the pharmacists who took classes to become a certified diabetes councilor.
began with less than half a dozen patients; Chuck
and the patients learned together how to properly manage diabetes.
The project surprisingly showed fast results, with the City saving thousands of dollars on employee medical costs the first year.
The program was expanded to other Asheville employees and after a couple of years, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol were added to the diseases Chuck
and the other pharmacists manage.
added their employees to the program once it proved so successful.
The pharmacists at Weaverville Drug
still see patients regularly, monitoring and helping them manage their diseases.
This pilot project that Chuck
helped start has now been copied all over the nation.
It has been written up numerous times in national pharmacy journals.
Today, thousands of patients all over the country are managed by pharmacists due to the success of the project.
In July of 2003, Chuck Sprinkle
was honored by the Family Pharmacy network of drug stores with the National Chairman.s Award.
and Weaverville Drug
received this award as the most outstanding pharmacy in the Family Pharmacy group for 2003.
was chosen over the 2000+ Family Pharmacy stores all over the country.
and Brenda along with employees Judy Rice and Tiffany Silvers traveled to the AmerisourceBergen National Health Care Congress
in Las Vegas, Nevada to accept the award.