Our History

Brown's Guardian Pharmacy in Walkerton, Ontario has been in business serving this community at this location for over 60 years. In 1947, Bill Brown and his wife Virginia, both pharmacists came to Walkerton. They purchased the already well-established Nyal Drugs from Harold Reed and renamed it Brown's Pharmacy. Bill and Virginia managed this progressive merchandising operation and were active and outgoing members of the community, all while raising six children.

One of their sons, Ken, worked at the store in his youth and graduated from the University of Toronto in Pharmacy in 1973. Ken followed in his father's footsteps with the same entrepreneurial spirit and in 1975 Ken and his wife Lynne purchased the business. The store has expanded six times over the years, most recently in 2013

Starting in 2011, the Brown's gradually transferred ownership of the pharmacy to their partner Ryan Fullerton, before Ken fully retired in 2020. Ryan lives in Walkerton with his wife Jessica, who is an optometrist, and they have two children, Ben and Bella.

In 2020, Ryan brought on a partner in the pharmacy, Katrina Wei (nee Grubb). Katrina was born and raised in Walkerton and lives in town with her husband Jin Wei, a pharmacist who owns Stewart’s Pharmacy in Mildmay, and their two children Felix and Annika.

Ryan and Katrina and their staff are very interested in the well-being of people who live in this community. Health Screening Clinics and evening health seminars are scheduled on a regular basis. Pharmacists also lead presentations about a variety of health topics through community outreach programs. As well, Brown's participates in many special events held throughout the year in the community and is well-known in the area as being a reliable retailer who is customer friendly.

Brown's is perpetually adapting to the needs of the community and looks forward to continuing to provide you with full pharmacy services. They are always delighted to meet with you to get to know you and provide you with the best possible service around. See the wide variety of items that each section of our store offers!