Our History

At Smart-Fill, we're proud to help our member pharmacies be more competitive and stay independent. But we're also proud to BE pharmacists.

Smart-Fill was started to address the needs that we uncovered as founders and owners of Astrup Drug. We used our own stores as laboratories to develop and test the buying practices and operational efficiencies that help us—and now our members—to thrive.

The first Astrup store was established in 1952 by Leonard Astrup in Austin, Minnesota. Today, Astrup/Sterling Drug operates retail and long term care pharmacies, with an approach to retail that blends the convenience of a "main street"-style department store with all the innovation you'd expect from industry-leading pharmacy.