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Business in the Spotlight

The Norton City County Economic Developent salutes a Norton County business as a Business in the Spotlight each month. 

BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT  2/24/11  DW 

Moffet Drug Store, in business since 1943, remains a mainstay in downtown Norton.  Moffet’s features the original and still working fountain and counter.  Former owners, Don and Willa Vollertsen bought the store from Melvin Moffet, who at that time was looking for a pharmacist to help him after the departure of Ralph Pool, who moved to Kinsley, to open his own drug store.  Don worked his way through college at Nebraska University with the help of a track scholarship.  They returned to Norton in 1955 from Horton, KS, for Don to work as a pharmacist for Melvin Moffet.  Don, through the years bought into the store, finally buying out Melvin in 1978.  Don held licenses in NE, AZ, and KS.  The Vollertsen’s often enjoyed attending pharmacy seminars in Arizona.  Melvin and Don also purchased Ward Drugs in Oberlin. They remodeled and set up a pharmacy for a short time across the street from the Doctor’s Clinic now housing the Norton County Health Department. Steve Vollertsen, Don and Willa’s son, and wife Randa attended college at Kansas University and moved back to Norton in 1975 for Steve to work with his father, Don, and Melvin Moffet.  Steve and Randa bought the store in 1993 when Don retired at the age of 65. Steve’s brother Kurt, returned in 1980 to run, then bought Ward Drugs in Oberlin.  Steve recently hired Chase Rice, as manager and chief pharmacist. Right now Steve is serving as a mentor to Chase as he learns the business.  Moffet’s will eventually change hands again when Abbey and Chase Rice buy it.  When one enters Moffet’s today, the first thing that catches your eye is the new paint adorning the walls.  Another change, IS the new diabetes center with supplies including shoes and socks for both men and women.  Other differences will show up in the future.  Abby and Chase enjoy life in a small town and Norton is a good fit for them.  They want their children to be free to run, play and become involved in the many activities small towns afford them.  The Vollertsen’s and Rice’s all notice the economic changes that have hit the Norton community, but they hope with the national economic recovery signs and the efforts of our local economic development office that Norton will once more gain population and retail stores.   With the support of the citizens of Norton, all things are possible for the community.  The Norton City County Economic Development is proud to salute Moffet Drug as the February Business in the Spotlight.