The History of Cooper Drug Store

In 1956, University of Kansas Pharmacy graduate and longtime Augustan Cletus Kappelmann bought Cooper Drug from then owner John Cooper. Cletus believed in a progressive approach while maintaining the exceptional customer service Mr. Cooper had always offered Augustans.

A Family Tradition

After Cletus Kappelmann bought Cooper Drug from then owner John Cooper, he began to make changes. Cletus expanded the pharmacy when he purchased the 511 State Street building, doubling the square footage of the store. Because of the friendly atmosphere, Cooper Drug became the center gathering spot for downtown Augusta.

When Brett joined the Cooper Drug team in 2003, he brought new energy and enthusiasm to Cooper Drug and is very optimistic about the store's place in the Augusta community. Currently, Cooper Drug is undergoing interior remodeling to provide a fresh, new look for the store. The remodeling will be completed in March 2007. In addition, Cooper Drug will carry new lines of merchandise and also durable medical supplies.

"Growing up, I saw my father help customers and make a difference in their lives. I knew I wanted to do the same and do it by his side," Brett states.

"There's no guarantee my sons will choose the same path in life that I did. However, if they do, I would love to continue the family tradition and welcome them into Cooper Drug to work by my side," Brett explains of his three sons.

A Pharmacist with Commitment and Passion

Brett Kappelmann"My parents taught me to be committed to what I am doing and to be passionate about what I am doing. I have found my passion and commitment as a pharmacist and I hope to teach my son the importance of passion in your profession," Brett says.

Brett is the second of four children of Cletus and the late Phyllis Kappelmann. Like his father, Brett decided to pursue a career as a pharmacist and attended KU School of Pharmacy to do so. While at KU, he played for the Jayhawk's baseball team.

"Balancing school, work and sports enhanced my work ethic that my parents had already instilled in me. Now, that same work ethic and passion for what I do makes a daily difference," Brett explains.

In 2006, Brett Kappelmann decided to make changes to Cooper Drug. A new look. A new line of merchandise. A new way of reaching customers. But not all things are new. Brett and Cletus are still focused on their customers. They are still going the extra mile by offering modern medicine and old-fashioned service to all their customers.

Cooper Drug Store BuildingCooper Drug is located at 509 State Street in Historic Downtown Augusta, Kansas. Upon purchasing Cooper Drug from John Cooper, Cletus Kappelmann expanded the pharmacy when he purchased the 511 State Street building, doubling the square footage of the store. Cooper Drug quickly became the center gathering spot for Downtown Augusta, primarily due to the friendly atmosphere and good eatin' in the diner that Cletus had opened in the back of the 511 building.

Since then, Brett Kappelmann, owner and pharmacist, has remodeled the interior of the store to better meet customers' needs. In addition to moving and expanding the pharmacy counter, Brett also has a coffee bar and extended gift area. Cooper Drug now has one of the largest lines of durable medical supplies in the area. Come browse the newly remodeled Cooper Drug!

Since 1922, Cooper Drug Store has been locally-owned and operated pharmacy in Downtown Augusta, Kansas. Now 89 years later, Cooper Drug is the only locally-owned and operated pharmacy in Augusta. While we know many have chosen chain pharmacies to meet their prescription drug needs, we believe that the level of service at Cooper Drug has made all the difference through nearly nine decades.

Cooper Drug offers many services other pharmacies do not such as free local delivery. In addition, Cooper Drug now houses Cooper Gifts and Cooper Home Medical Supplies. That means you are able to pick up your prescriptions, shop for gifts and find the home medical supplies you need... under one roof.

The medicine may be the same as other pharmacies but the service absolutely isn't. Experience the Cooper Drug way of doing business and you'll be amazed by the difference.