Lewis Drug returns to downtown next month.
The store under construction at 10th Street and Phillips Avenue is scheduled to open Aug. 30. It’s just north and east of where Lewis opened its original store more than 75 years ago.
“I think it’s coming together really well,” said corporate vice president Nikki Griffin, pointing out refrigerated cases recently installed for food and beverages.
The almost 5,000-square-foot space features a wood-looking floor, tumbled brick on the walls and columns covered with locally sourced barn wood.
“We kept the ceiling white and tried to a do a vintage exposed ceiling to make it feel more airy,” Griffin said.
Other design elements, including a collage on one of the walls, will be added in the coming weeks.
Fixtures are coming in next week, and merchandising will begin after that.
There will be a pharmacy at the back of the store, which will be next to a Sanford clinic with multiple exam rooms.
“The store itself will emphasize convenience, with a lot of fresh, healthy, ready-to-go items,” Griffin said. “We’ll have a variety of grab-and-go foods.”
Gil Haugan Construction is the general contractor on the project. A grand-opening is scheduled for First Friday, Sept. 7, with a ribbon-cutting and special offerings to tie into the downtown event.
Upstairs, neighbor PAve is making progress on an expansion that will add almost 7,000 square feet to its space, including a large second-floor patio.
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