Our Story

Smart-HR / Our Story

In 1952, Leonard Astrup opened a single pharmacy, Sterling Drug, in Austin, MN. In the decades that followed, he was joined in the business by his sons, Dan and Chris Astrup—both pharmacists and, like Leonard, both committed to building on the family legacy. Over the past sixty-plus years, Chris and Dan recognized that shifts in the environment of their family-run business would require innovative thinking and the development of new tools and capabilities to enable their business to thrive. Smart-HR is one such innovation.

Smart-HR’s robust technology enables businesses of all sizes to consolidate the management of vital employment functions—payroll, tax, time management—with one partner, so you can focus on your core business.

In addition to the launch of Smart-HR, the still family-run Astrup Companies has now grown to encompass a regional chain of independent retail and long-term care pharmacies, a state-of-the-art specialty and compounding pharmacy, and Smart-Fill—a nationwide pharmacy buying group and business consultancy. Today, a third-generation has joined the Astrup Companies and continues to grow, innovate, and commit to serving the communities in which we live and work.

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