On the move to Morgan Street

D & G Excavation began dirtwork on the Lewis Family Drug site Friday.

Ground broken for Lewis Family Drug’s new home

Tracy EDA Director Tara Onken (left) and Maria Schleppenbach-Grogan stand with symbolic golden shovels at the future site of Lewis Family Drug on the west side of town, just off Hwy. 14.

By Per Peterson

One can almost hear the excitement in Maria Schleppenbach-Grogan’s voice when she talks about the new Lewis Family Drug building, which will soon make its mark on Morgan Street, next to Tracy Food Pride.
“I’m excited, Schleppenbach-Grogan said. “This is a good location — although we’re not right on the highway, you’ll be able to see it from (Hwy.) 14.”
Schleppenbach-Grogan said the overall size of the building will be beneficial to the customers and her employees.
“The room — the amount of room …” Schleppenbach-Grogan said. “It will be great.”
Dave Hicks of Hicks Construction LLC out of Milbank, S.D., said the goal is to have the 4,000-plus square-foot store operational before the end of the year and said he hopes a lot of the construction work is completed before winter kicks in.
In keeping with the history of her father John’s downtown store, the new version will be home to a number of gift items as well. A wide range of items — from cards to candles — has always occupied crowded shelves at the current store, and the new, much larger building will also offer shoppers plenty of things to purchase.
“We’re going to have giftware, which is nice — like John’s Rx has,” Schleppenbach-Grogan said.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.