Urban Explorers Tour: Katz Drug Store
Event Sponsors: Historic Kansas City
Explore the iconic Katz Drug Store at Westport Rd and Main St. and get an insiders look at what is planned for the building!
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$10 per person. Flat, closed toed shoes required.
3pm: Tour and exploration
4pm: Presentation and refreshments
Story of Katz Drug Stores: Sons of immigrants, they started with a fruit stand in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. In 1914 they acquired two cigar stands downtown and turned them into drug stores. But that was just the beginning. Isaac, who walked with a limp and quit school at age 14 to sell newspapers on the railroad, hardly had a moment when he wasn’t innovating. They expanded to two stores, four, then eight.
Other druggists filled prescriptions. But Katz began stocking cameras, cosmetics, clocks, shirts, pets and the best selection of discounted smokes, beer and whisky in town. They treated customers like kings. By 1970 they had 65 stores throughout the Midwest and annual sales of more than $100 million. “Let’s go to Katz” had become a refrain.