A local downtown business that has been run by the same family for almost 70 years is changing hands.
The Rexall Drug Store near the nexus of Highways 7 and 12 as they cross paths in Baker is being sold.
The store has been in the Overton family since 1951, when Tom and Barb Overton moved to Baker and bought into the business.
Years later, his son, Todd and his wife, Vicky, bought the business.
Now, it will be changing hands into what could be described as an extended member of the family - the woman who has worked at the business for more than four years.
The new owners will be Matt and Alyse Webber.
“We have been in the process (of selling) for quite a while,” Todd Overton said Monday afternoon.
“I’m the second generation. I bought it from my dad in 1982, so I have been here 38 years,” he said.
The Overtons had been planning to sell the business for a while, he admitted.
“We had talked to her (Alyse) when she came here in 2016 about eventually buying it.”
“We have been trying to do it … figure out the best for her and the best for us … and I think we have gotten to that,” he said.
Part of the attraction for the new owners is the community itself, he explained. “They like it here. They want to live here.”
It was time to sell, he added, noting that the current pandemic in the country did not have anything to do with the decision. “It is just Father Time. I am going to be 65 in October,” he said.
The drug store has had some great employees over the years, he said. “The customer support has been tremendous in Baker. It has been really good here,” Overton added.
According to the Overtons, the sale is moving ahead and will be completed in the near future.