Lewis overhaul plays up Rx

Lewis Drug has a new face, which not only places a greater emphasis on the front end, but also boasts a larger, revamped pharmacy. 


Those who have visited the newly opened store on Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls, S.D., undoubtedly will see the Lewis Drug store of the future, president and CEO Mark Griffin told Drug Store News in a recent interview.


The pharmacy area is about one-third larger than a typical Lewis Drug pharmacy and has been revamped. “Call it the new face of Lewis Drug. It incorporates an upscale environment, the beauty boutique, plank flooring in the pharmacy and an entertainment area in the pharmacy for waiting with flat-screen TVs and refreshments,” Griffin said. This new store also includes a “four seasons department,” which is a 4,000-sq.-ft. environmentally controlled room that can be used for various purposes throughout the year.


In addition, Lewis Drug has expanded its grocery departments in about a dozen locations. In its larger stores, about 2,000 sq. ft. to 3,000 sq. ft. have been dedicated to grocery items with a concentration on snack foods, grab-and-go items and frozen foods.