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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

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

Turning 75, Lewis Drug looks back — and ahead

Turning 75, Lewis Drug looks back — and ahead

Lewis Drug is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and the company is marking the occasion with a yearlong series of promotions and special events. The first of them, Customer Appreciation Day on March 25, will highlight the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based company’s heritage and close ties to the communities it serves in that state, Iowa and Minnesota,

Sabato gives take on election at Annual Meeting

Sabato gives take on election at Annual Meeting

The day before the presidential primaries, highlights at the NACDS Annual Meeting included predictions by election analyst Larry Sabato, founder of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Speaking at the NACDS Chain Member and PAC Breakfast, Sabato told attendees the election likely will come down to a few states. Still, at this time, it’s

Lewis Drug nears milestone with 50th store

Lewis Drug nears milestone with 50th store

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug is getting ready to open its 50th store, which will mark a milestone for the regional pharmacy chain. The outlet, formerly an independent pharmacy, is located rural Clear Lake, S.D., and will get upgraded systems and a fresh look. The front end will get Lewis’ curated assortment of health