Kurtz’s Drug Store – Penn Ave – Sinking Spring

Stitzer Apartments - Sinking Spring PA

Almost a year ago I did a then and now post on the Stitzer Apartments, located at the corner Penn Ave & Woodrow Ave. The building still exists and looks almost exactly the same, yet many stores have come and gone since the photo above was taken. Many seemed to remember Kurtz’s Drug Store/Pharmacy back from the 40s and 50s. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you can see that Kurtz’s Drug Store occupied the Penn Ave facing store space all the way on the front left of the building. I found a picture of the inside of the drug store as it appeared in 1954 below.

I am not certain the approximate dates in which Kurtz’s Drug store operated here, besides that the Sinking Spring Borough history has it listed as opening circa 1925. If you know, or have any other fun facts about it please leave a comment.

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3 Replies to “Kurtz’s Drug Store – Penn Ave – Sinking Spring”

  1. I was born in 1960 and I remember going there many times for medical equipment so I know it was still at that location well into the early 70’s. It then changed locations up a block or two to what is now a tuxedo rental place.

  2. Yes, one block up, next to the post office and is now 50/50 Tuxedo. I spent way too much allowance money on candy bars, baseball cards, and on the video game they’d have in there (donkey kong, zaxxon, and ms. pac man)

  3. My grandfather, John Kurtz, owned this store until his death in the early 70’s. My father, Robert Kurtz, moved the store half a block west to the previous site of John Kurtz’s home. I remember working at the original store as a teenager. Boxes that were delivered to the store were slid down a plank to the basement for storage. The store included a soda fountain.
    Later, my father expanded the business to include about 8 or 9 other stores from Womelsdorf to Adams County. At one time Kurtz Pharmacy was the largest independent drug store in Pennsylvania.

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