Officials with Hy-Vee Inc. on Friday announced the purchase of Ressler Drug Company at 606 Lake Ave. in Storm Lake and its pharmacy in Laurens. Both businesses will remain in their current location and operate as satellite pharmacies of Storm Lake Hy-Vee beginning Nov. 12.
The company also announced plans to remodel the Storm Lake store and expand the pharmacy area. When the remodel is complete, the drug store on Lake Avenue will close and those prescription files will be moved to the grocery store.
Mike Porsch, Ressler Drug owner, said he's excited to place the often-overwhelming business aspect of the company into Hy-Vee's capable hands. "Teaming up with Hy-Vee is going to provide me with the opportunity to be a pharmacist again, and get in-touch with the customers," he said.
Ressler employees will work for Hy-Vee. Porsch was employed by the grocery chain in the early '80s.
"I know a lot has changed since I was a part of the Hy-Vee team, but I am excited to rejoin a company with such strong values and business qualities."
Kerry Sherlock, Storm Lake Hy-Vee store director, said he's dedicated to making sure the Storm Lake customers continue to receive the impeccable service they've become accustomed to. "Customers will see the same familiar faces behind the counter and receive the same personal care they expect," Sherlock said.
Plans for the Storm Lake store remodel are still in the drawing stage and a construction timetable has not been established yet.