Lehan Drugs Serving The Community, Over 75 Years!

From the moment the doors of the first store opened on May 12, 1946, there has always been a unique sense of family evident in every facet of Lehan Drugs. It is this enduring commitment to its customers that has made Lehan Drugs the trusted healthcare provider in the local community for over 75 years. While it is true that much has changed over that time, one thing has always remained the same. The customers have always been treated like part of the family.

It all started with Emory and James Lehan Sr, brothers and pharmacists, when they opened the first store in DeKalb with their wives, Marie and Dorothy, at 317 East Lincoln Highway (now Andy’s Tap) as a Walgreens Agency. James had owned a store in Michigan prior to this and Walgreens offered to help move him to a new location. He was asked to choose between DeKalb, IL and Chorpus Christi, TX. Jim and Marie chose DeKalb, and, as they say, “the rest is history.”

In 1951, James’ son, James Lehan, Jr. graduated from the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy and joined his father and uncle at the drug store. His wife, Marjorie, joined the business in 1975 as the bookkeeper and kept the store finances in order until her retirement in 2009. Business ownership was transferred to Jim and Marge in the 1970s.

As the business grew, so did the family. Tim Lehan, Jim and Marge’s oldest son, met Ann Gibbs while they were both attending the University of Iowa School of Pharmacy. After the two graduated in 1976, they were married and came to DeKalb to work at the pharmacies.

The community got to experience the beautiful Tim and Ann duo for many years and now the next generation has taken the reins.

Like his parents, Jon met his wife, Briana, while at the University of Iowa, and they both graduated in 2004. After serving as a pharmacist in the United States Air Force for 3+ years, Jon and Briana returned home to DeKalb in 2008 to join the family business.

In 2010, Jim Lehan, Jr joined the family business as director of business operations and has since overseen the expansion of the Home Medical Equipment department to both Rockford in 2015 and Freeport in 2019.

Even today, more than 70 years after the first store opened, Lehan Drugs and Medical Equipment continues to remain true to its original commitment to care for its patients in the most professional, compassionate, and friendly environment possible. It is this commitment that has allowed Lehan Drugs to serve the community for the past four generations and hopefully for many more to come.

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