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Lewis Drug to open in Mitchell's County Fair in '12

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Lewis Drug will open a store within County Fair in 2012.

County Fair Food Store of Mitchell announced Monday that the drugstore will be located in an addition to its building. The expansion will be completed in the spring.

Lewis Drug will be located in the east front end of County Fair with drive-through access. Along with providing pharmacy services, Lewis will also offer over-the-counter medications and health and beauty supplies.

Established in 1942 in Sioux Falls, the family-owned Lewis Drug has 33 stores throughout South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.

Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Lewis Drug, said he is excited about working with County Fair to provide a more complete shopping experience to residents in the Mitchell area.

"We always want to be the customers' first stop," Griffin said.

County Fair was first purchased by John Clarke in 1984 when it was Bennett's Market of Mitchell. County Fair Food Stores now has four locations in two states. Clarke said he is happy to form a relationship with Lewis Drug.

"Adding a pharmacy to County Fair makes our store truly a one-stop store. Adding family owned Lewis Drug is a great fit for both businesses," Clarke said. "We're looking forward to the partnership with Lewis Drug and offering more convenience for our customers."

In May, County Fair Food Store and Puetz Corp. announced plans for a large expansion and renovation to the store and County Fair Plaza located at 1305 West Havens. The expansion will provide a renovated exterior on the entire plaza and, within County Fair Food Store, more product options and services, an additional 10,000 square feet and the hiring of approximately 30 more associates. The extensive remodel will also create a more energy-efficient building.