Lewis nears opening with focus on store experience

 

The signs are up and the parking lot is getting striped at the new Lewis Drug store at 37th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

“That’s always a good sign. And we’re setting the store,” CEO Mark Griffin said. “It’s looks really good. It has some new design elements I think you’ll like, and it’s going to be a fast, efficient retail experience.”

The new 23,000-square-foot store will be smaller than the Lewis to the south that it replaces.

The store at 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue will transition some of its merchandise there.

“We’ve already moved some things, but we’ll stay open. We’re going to juggle,” Griffin said.

The new store hasn’t set an opening date, but it will be before Christmas.

In the meantime, some special events this week are expected to draw increased traffic to many Lewis locations. A ladies night event from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, offers 20 percent off most purchases, plus snacks and contests in the store. Lewis also is offering 20 percent off purchases to military veterans through Monday, Nov. 12.

“The ladies night is a big deal. People really enjoy that,” Griffin said. “And the veterans deal is huge. We’ve had so many people walk up and say thank you before it even starts. They really appreciate it. And I think that’s a win-win deal. It’s good for us promotionally, but on a larger scale and more importantly, it’s good for the vets.”

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Lewis nears opening with focus on store experience

The signs are up and the parking lot is getting striped at the new Lewis store at 37th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

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