New look, location for expanded Downtown Drug

Store has moved to a renovated building at 209 Second St. SE

George Ford
Published: March 31 2014 | 10:17 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:21 am in

When Chris Tuetken made the decision to move Downtown Drug into a renovated building at 209 Second St. SE, he wanted the interior to convey the character of an old drugstore.

"We kind of made the cash register area like a old soda fountain with the checkered black and white floor around it," Tuetken said. "There will be stools for anyone who wants to buy a soft drink and a hot dog or any of the other quick food items.

"We retained the beautiful old brick walls and wood floor look with a contemporary appearance. The exterior facade definitely has improved the energy efficiency in terms of heating and cooling as well as being a lot better looking."

Tuetken opened Downtown Drug in 2006 as part of a retail incubator at 207 Second Ave. SE. The drugstore is part of  Phillip Pharmacies, a chain owned by Tuetken with five locations in Eastern Iowa.

Tuetken said the new store will allow him to add more products, creating a more traditional pharmacy and expanding the operating hours.

"The front end of the store be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pharmacy will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.," Tuetken said. "The front end of the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and the store will be closed on Sunday.

"If the pharmacy is closed and someone really needs a prescription filled, I will come in and take care of them."

Tuetken said the store will continue to employ about six people and will serve as a main office for Phillip Pharmacies.

"We also will offer delivery as we do with all of our drugstores," he said. "We will do what we can to take care of our customers."

Tuetken said he is still planning to transform an adjacent property at 215 Second St. SE into a nightclub.

"I play in a band and we really just don't have a good venue downtown that offers live music every night," Tuetken said. "I want to break it up to offer acoustic music up front during the week and live bands in the back on the weekend.

"That's my intention, but I have to get the drugstore paid off first before I can start throwing some money at the bar."


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