Lehan's Illinois retailer of the year

DeKALB – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association will honor Tim and Ann Lehan, pharmacists and owners of Lehan Drugs in DeKalb, as its 2012 Illinois Retailers of the Year Sept. 19. The annual award is given to a retailer not only successful in business, but committed to community and civic affairs and respected in the industry.

The two-store pharmacy is family-owned and operated, spanning four generations of Lehans since its founding in 1946. Tim Lehan follows the model set by his grandfather, Jim Lehan Sr., great-uncle, Emory Lehan, and father, Jim Lehan Jr., all of whom instilled a sense of community at the pharmacy.

In the 1950s, Lehan Drugs became one of the first self-serve pharmacies in the country and fed more than 2,000 people daily at its restaurant and soda fountain. Today, the focus is on pharmacy, immunizations, home medical equipment and women’s health. Lehans opened a Women’s Health Boutique to serve women suffering from breast cancer and related illnesses.

Lehans pharmacy processes 350 prescriptions daily and administers thousands of vaccinations annually. Tim Lehan is a pioneer in pharmacy vaccinations and consults with pharmacists to manage their immunization practice.

A community leader, Tim Lehan recently handed out 500 $2 bills to those promising to spend the money at locally-owned retailers.

He is an active volunteer at his church and has served on the boards of the DeKalb County Health Department, the Illinois Pharmacists Association and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. In 2009, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations honored him with an Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award.

Ann Lehan, a mother of six, is an active volunteer at her church and served on the boards of Kishwaukee Community Hospital and the United Way, and volunteered as a soccer coach. She serves on the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board.

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