History of Smith Rexall Drug
Serving Pleasant Grove for Five Generations
Smith Rexall Drug in Pleasant Grove, Utah is the oldest family owned business in Pleasant Grove . George LeRoy Smith (known as "Roy") began in the drug store business while he was still in high school, about 1910.
The store was called Pleasant Grove Drug and was located across the street from it's current location.
When Roy first began working he washed prescription bottles and made ice cream. He was made manager of the store at a young age because of his hard work and dedication to the community.
Hedquist Drug bought the store in 1915 and Roy continued as the store's manager. In 1917 the store moved across the street to it's current location and Roy received his pharmacy license that same year. In 1929, Roy bought the store from Hedquist Drug. The store remained Hedquist Drug until 1935 when the name was changed to Smith Drug.
The store has always been family oriented and Roy's brother, Burton helped operate the store until his death in 1932. Roy Smith was a charter member of the original Strawberry Days Committee.
The store had an entry in the Strawberry Days parade right from the very beginning. Roy was a charter member of the Pleasant Grove Chamber of Commerce and was active in that group his entire life.
It was not only the Smith men who worked at the drug store. Roy's wife Avis was an integral part of the store.
The family tradition continued when Roy passed away in 1962 and the store was passed down to Roy's two sons, Harvey E. Smith and Don L. Smith. Harvey obtained his pharmacy degree from Idaho State College at Pocatello in 1938. Don worked his entire life at the store except for 6 years he served in the military. Don's wife Betty worked there for many years. Harvey's wife, Jo was also known to lend a helping hand. In 1943 the store was remodeled and extended.
The store's soda fountain was a social gathering place in those early days. Many would gather at the drugstore after ball games and dances. Ball players were often treated to a malt after the games. One of the favorite drinks made there was the "wild horse", which contained iron port, cherry, coke, a little lemon, and root beer. In those days a thick malt cost only 10 cents. The Smith's made their own ice cream and had an ice house in the back of the store. Back then the store was open from 7:30 am to 11 pm and only closed for a half day for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The store was the first in town to sell radios and Victrolas. At one time they even sold boats, motors, alcohol, and diamond rings. During the Depression and for some time after a business had to do everything it could to stay afloat during hard times. The store has always offered a variety of services to it's customers. They served as a payment center for Mountain Bell, bus depot for Continental Trailways, and information center about community events. In 1962, the Smiths bought the Luncheonette Cafe next door to the drug store. The fountain was removed and the store was widened to its current size.
The tin ceiling tiles over the old part of the store are all original. When Harvey and Don were ready to retire, Harvey's son, Craig and David Faux became partners in the business. Dave started working in 1959. On his way home to Moroni after graduating from ISU Pharmacy School, he stopped at the store to inquire about a job. Roy hired Dave "on the spot" while his wife, Dora, and children were out waiting in the car. Dora later worked at the store . Dave and Dora retired in December 1998 and are now serving a mission for the LDS Church in Manila Phillippines. Craig and his wife, Linda continue the Smith tradition serving the community of Pleasant Grove.
Although the store has largely been a family operation, it would not be what it is today without the employees who have been like family over the years.
Staff Pharmacists include: Christopher Cox and Logan Day.
Pharmacy Technicians include: Kris Pence, Doug Smith, Madison Stanley, Jeff Pence.
Robyn Neves and Shanna Hill complete the team whose goal it is to bring you prompt and reliable service.
Pharmacists in Roy's time mixed and compounded ingredients to fill prescriptions, but as modern technology began to sweep America most drugs could be purchased in prepared form. Today, Smith Drug is again compounding many specialty medications for patients. This allows a physician to work with your pharmacist , customizing your medication for you specifically.
Craig H. Smith, (Roy's grandson) Smith Drug owner today is proud of the traditions that started the store over 75 years ago. "We are small enough to provide personal attention to patients, yet we have all the modern technology so that we can offer you state-of-the-art service."
Madison is Craig’s granddaughter and so the store proudly boasts of serving the community throughout 5 generations.
The drugstore is known for it's personalized service, including prescription delivery, gift-wrapping, and unique gifts. Yankee Candle, Boyd's Bears, Enesco, balloon bouquets, and an awesome selection of greeting cards provide a great selection to choose from for the gift for any occasion.