Whaley’s: All in the Family

For 75 years, we have driven by Whaley’s Pharmacy, many of us not knowing the story. The name Whaley came from the original owner, Red Whaley who purchased the East End Drug Store and renamed it Whaley’s East End Drug. Darryl Hubble, a partner since the late 1970’s purchased Whaley’s in 1998 and in 2005 made his daughter, Stacy Welling a part of the team, later becoming the President and Owner of what we now know as Whaley’s Pharmacy, Inc. & Whaley’s Baby, LLC. Stacy shares her story below.

Growing Up in a Family Business

I think growing up in a family business instills a work ethic in you unlike any other. I watched my parents go from being employees, to part owners, to sole owners of a rapidly growing and changing company. Work hours were not 9-5. They worked for hours after the business was closed getting caught up, doing payroll, dealing with employee issues and figuring out how to continue to grow the business. Watching them pour so much blood, sweat and tears into something made me truly value the beauty of small, independent business and having something that was your own. Today, despite having that same work ethic and giving MANY hours to my businesses, I do strive for a good work/life balance. Work hard – play hard!

Growing Up in a Family Business

I think growing up in a family business instills a work ethic in you unlike any other. I watched my parents go from being employees, to part owners, to sole owners of a rapidly growing and changing company. Work hours were not 9-5. They worked for hours after the business was closed getting caught up, doing payroll, dealing with employee issues and figuring out how to continue to grow the business. Watching them pour so much blood, sweat and tears into something made me truly value the beauty of small, independent business and having something that was your own. Today, despite having that same work ethic and giving MANY hours to my businesses, I do strive for a good work/life balance. Work hard – play hard!

Growing Up in a Family Business

I think growing up in a family business instills a work ethic in you unlike any other. I watched my parents go from being employees, to part owners, to sole owners of a rapidly growing and changing company. Work hours were not 9-5. They worked for hours after the business was closed getting caught up, doing payroll, dealing with employee issues and figuring out how to continue to grow the business. Watching them pour so much blood, sweat and tears into something made me truly value the beauty of small, independent business and having something that was your own. Today, despite having that same work ethic and giving MANY hours to my businesses, I do strive for a good work/life balance. Work hard – play hard!

 Taking over the business

It has been an honor to transition to owning Whaley’s Pharmacy. My parents left a great legacy in our community and to be able to be the next generation of this company makes me humbled yet proud. I was literally born into Whaley’s Pharmacy and the passion for it is in my blood, so to be able to pour myself into the future of it is exciting and empowering. It is also rewarding to have the opportunity to put my touch on the business with new programs and areas like Whaley’s Baby. I hope I have such a beautiful legacy to leave behind for my children.

Community Support
Whaley’s Pharmacy is passionate about the community that we are a part of and giving of both our time and resources is something that spans back through generations. Our employees are excited to get out in the community and serve at various levels and they are amazing citizens and givers. Whaley’s Pharmacy supports American Heart Association, Jefferson City Area YMCA, St. Raymond’s Society, Pregnancy Help Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Missouri Mental Health Foundation, Samaritan Center, Special Olympics, and many others.

Whaley’s Fun Facts

  • Opened in 1943, serving our community for over 75 years!
  • 2007 Small Business of the Year
  • 4 Locations (3 retail pharmacies and 1 closed-door long-term care pharmacy)
  • Opened Whaley’s Mommy & Me Department inside Whaley’s West Side Pharmacy in 2007
  • 48 Employees
  • Whaley’s Baby program now has 48 participating pharmacies in 22 states
  • Gives over $20,000 annually back to the community.

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