Ripon Drug/Ben Franklin official provider of off-line Ripon College merchandise

Ripon Drug/Ben Franklin is now the official provider of off-line Ripon College merchandise. The business is located at 328 Watson St. in downtown Ripon and will provide more consistent staffing and hours than were available at the College’s brick-and-mortar store. Because of the business’ close proximity to campus, many students, faculty, staff and alumni already are patrons.

Online merchandise remains available at

Ripon College Rally Store at Ripon Drug/Ben Franklin offers College-branded items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs and stickers. More items will be added soon.

“It’s good to maintain a relationship between the College and Ripon Drug/Ben Franklin,” said owner David Gitzel. “We’re promoting Ripon College, and we feel it is necessary to have a downtown location where people can buy Ripon College apparel and merchandise.”

Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College, said, “Ben Franklin is a pillar of the community and it is a bridge between downtown and the College. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni have been shopping at Ben Franklin for more than a generation, and now they’ll be able to buy Ripon College gear right there.”

Store hours at Ripon Drug-Ben Franklin are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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