California Area Chamber of Commerce Spotlights - Cal's Thriftway

Cal's Thriftway is located at 408 W. Buchanan, California.

Cal's Thriftway is located at 408 W. Buchanan, California. Photo by Paula Earls.

Cal's Thriftway is owned by Calvin and Charlotte Gerlach. Troy Smith is the manager of the store located at 408 W. Buchanan, California.

Calvin Gerlach started out working for Thriftway in 1952 as a "carry-out boy" he later became manager for three years before purchasing the store in 1972 from Tom James.

Gerlach was raised in California and he joined the California Area Chamber of Commerce because he wants to see California grow and bring new people to the area. "This town is a great place to call home and I would like for others to try us out and become part of our community," commented Gerlach.

When Gerlach was asked how the Chamber helps area businesses he shared, "The Chamber is a good place to start with your business because they re always there to help in anyway they can to spread the word about your business. If you are having an anniversary, running a special or have any business changes, the Chamber is there to get the word out for you. They help keep the community together and work together to be successful."

Thriftway has most anything you could want pertaining to groceries, if it isn't in stock, they will try to get it for you.

In addition to groceries, Cal's has a large BBQ smoker that is doing very well at the store. They serve smoked chicken, ribs and have steak sandwiches available everyday. They do change it up some, so you will need to stop in and check it out.

Also housed within Thriftway is Hometown Pharmacy. The pharmacy hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday's 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Cal’s is located at 408 W. Buchanan California, MO 65018. They can be reached by phone at 573-796-3103 and e-mail calsthriftway@embarqmail.com.

Hometown Pharmacy is located 408 W. Buchanan, California, MO 65018.

They can be reached by phone at 573-796-2225.

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