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Retailers respond to COVID-19: Lewis Drug

Retailers respond to COVID-19: Lewis Drug

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of articles on how retailers are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Here at Lewis Drug, keeping our customers and our associates safe is our top priority. As always, despite the ongoing news surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), our stores and pharmacies are open and remain ready to serve you.

Lewis Drug named Regional Chain of the Year

Lewis Drug named Regional Chain of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Since 1942, family-owned Lewis Drug has been providing shoppers in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota with quality prescription and over-the-counter drugs complemented by sophisticated and comprehensive front-end ­offerings. Through the years, despite challenges from big-box chains that have staked claims in Lewis territory — as well as the adversity the company

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

DIR fees are again top of mind for pharmacy operators beginning another year without relief from these “phantom” expenses. At the same time hope springs eternal for retailers looking to broaden affordable and accessible health care offerings when such services from more traditional providers can be out of financial reach for many people. Chains also

Lewis Drug removes all forms of Zantac from shelves

Lewis Drug removes all forms of Zantac from shelves

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug stores has joined the growing list of drug chains removing all forms of Zantac from store shelves. This includes brand name and generic products, including their private label Premier Value ranitidine products. Some ranitidine products were found to contain low levels of an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). “Not all

Lewis Drug’s Mark Griffin awarded 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year

Lewis Drug’s Mark Griffin awarded 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug president and chief executive officer, Mark Griffin was honored last week as he received the 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year at the 2019 Sales and Marketing Executive (SME) Membership Meeting and Excellence Awards at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. In 1986 Mark Griffin followed in

Griffin honored as 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year

Griffin honored as 2019 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The SME of South Dakota has chosen Mark Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Lewis Drug, as the recipient of the South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award. From five stores in 1986 to 58 locations today spanning S.D., Iowa, and Minn, Griffin has successfully navigated the ever-changing

Lewis Drug acquires six Shopko pharmacies

Lewis Drug acquires six Shopko pharmacies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Lewis Drug announced that the chain has purchased pharmacy assets, including prescription files and records, from Shopko Stores in the following six communities: Madison, Mitchell and Sisseton, S.D.; Luverne and St. James, Minn. and Ida Grove, Iowa. Lewis Drug currently operates in four of the communities and is in the process of

Lewis Drug screens record number of patients on “Melanoma Monday”

Lewis Drug screens record number of patients on “Melanoma Monday”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Lewis Drug location in Sioux Falls, SD, on Monday, May 7, 2018, made possible the screening of approximately 170 patients for skin cancer – the highest number of screenings in the nearly 20-year history of the “Melanoma Monday” event. For “Melanoma Monday” part of the store that was transformed into

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

Regional chains don’t settle for status quo

With the National Association of Chain Drug Stores gearing up for its annual NACDS Regional Chain Conference, which will run from February 4 through February 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it is a good moment to appraise that segment of the community pharmacy industry. Greatly reduced in number by the consolidation wave that has repeatedly

Lewis Drug opens new-concept store

Lewis Drug opens new-concept store

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug has opened a “next generation” store here designed to offer consumers the “highest level of convenience.” The 25,000-square-foot store,  opened last month, is located at Minnesota Avenue and 37th Street and replaces the 27-year-old Southgate store just a few blocks away. “Our pledge is to provide our guests with

After 75 years, Lewis Drug knows people are everything

After 75 years, Lewis Drug knows people are everything

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the business his father started in 1942, Mark Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Lewis Drug, says he is most proud of how his daughter Nikki Griffin, the company’s corporate vice president, has stepped up to keep the Griffin legacy thriving. “She’s extremely intelligent