When you shop at Klingensmith’s Drug Stores, you’re not just our customer – you’re a part of our community. Our pharmacists and staff members promise to treat you as a valued neighbor with your well-being being our top priority.
It was J. Henery Klingensmith who founded the original Ford City Klingensmith’s in 1940.
His customers were his neighbors, and he gave each and every one the individual attention and service they deserved. “Kling” as he was affectionately known by the people of Ford City, owned ad operated his store as a traditional drug store with a soda fountain through the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and early ’70s until his retirement.
During the time of J.H. Klingensmith’s ownership, 10-year-old Joe Cippel began working for Mr. Klingensmith. He swept floors, ran errands, and began learning the business –from the ground up.
When Joe Cippel turned 18, Mr. Klingensmith made him an offer of a lifetime: He’d loan Joe the money to attend The University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy School, and, in return, Joe would come back home to Ford City after graduation and help run the pharmacy with Mr. Klingensmith.
Joe Cippel accepted this life-changing offer and upon completing his studies he kept his word and returned to Ford City to work for Klingensmith as the Pharmacist.
In 1972 Mr. Klingensmith retired and sold the store to Joe Cippel. This launched a new era of growth for Klingensmith as they expanded by opening locations in Leechburg, Clarion, Rimersburg, Kittanning, West Kittanning, and NuMine
During the growth of the company, Joe’s children David, Colleen, and Joe Jr. all joined the family business, carrying on the original idea of J.H. Klingensmith – and their father :
“Take time to listen to each patient, provide them with good advice about their medications, and serve them with honesty and kindness, because it’s just the neighborly thing to do.”