Oswald’s first opened its doors in Naperville in 1875. The business has been in the hands of the same family since that time. In 2023, Alex Anderson (6th generation owner of Oswald’s) acquired Riley’s in Geneva to expand the services we have provided to the Naperville community for almost 150 years!
In the early 2000s, Oswald’s started to carry more and more medical equipment. It seemed that doctors and hospitals didn’t have the options they needed for medical equipment when insurance providers didn’t cover something.
Oswald’s medical was built on the foundation of getting the best medical equipment to people, as many don’t get the equipment and supplies they need from a hospital or doctor’s office. Whether it’s a quality issue or a quality-of-life issue, many pieces of insurance-covered equipment just won’t do for long-term issues or recovery periods.
Our curated selection of products focuses on the best retail medical equipment available. We strive to deliver the best possible products at the best possible prices. Our team is trained to provide customers with the best options for their needs and assist with any questions related to those options.
The pharmacy opens in the small farm town of Naperville, IL. Original proprietors Strayer & Cassem sell to employee William Wallace Wickel in 1883. This begins over 140 years of family ownership that continues to this day.
Wickel's son-in-law Louis Oswald buys the store in 1915. The arrival of prohibition drove customers from the taverns into the pharmacy. which had a soda fountain added in 1917.
Oswald's son-in-law Harold purchases the pharmacy in 1952. During his tenure he doubled the size of the store, removed the soda fountain and dramatically increased the pharmacy's selection of beauty products to compete with the rise of chain drug stores.
Kester's son-in-law Robert Anderson takes ownership in 1977. He kept the pharmacy ahead of the chains by extending hours and becoming the first pharmacy in town to computerize.
Robert's four children buy the business in 1991. Cosmetics and beauty aids gave way to an expanded gift and toy selection. In 2004 Oswald's moves to Naperville Plaza, as downtown Naperville had outgrown most service-oriented businesses Bill becomes the sole proprietor in 2012.
Bill expanded the store in 2015 to include 5,000 square feet of medical equipment. In 2016 Bill's son Alex joined the business with a focus on digital marketing and more community engagement. In 2021 Alex became the sixth generation owner. He continues to work with his brother Wil on digital marketing and is excited to carry Oswald's to it's 7th generation!
In 2023, Alex Anderson (6th generation owner of Oswald’s) acquired Riley’s in Geneva to expand the services we have provided to the Naperville community for almost 150 years!