Walgreens makes capital commitment with new pilot opening in Washington, D.C.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray on Friday will join Walgreens executives when the national drug store chain unveils its new health and daily living store to residents of Washington, D.C., during a ribbon cutting celebration starting at 11 a.m.

The store, located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Veazey Terrace, reinvents the traditional drug store format into a health and daily living solutions store by pairing state-of-the-art technology with a team of trusted healthcare professionals to make health care more accessible and effective. The store includes a private healthcare practice staffed by nurse practitioners, who will offer preventive care, as well as treatment of common illnesses, injuries and skin conditions.

The store also brings 35 new jobs to the area and kicks off Walgreens participation in Mayor Gray’s One City, One Hire program, an initiative by which local businesses strive to create 10,000 new jobs in the District of Columbia.

“I'm delighted that Walgreens has chosen the District for this innovative pilot store and that they've committed to joining our One City, One Hire program,” Gray said. “I'm proud to celebrate the opening of another resource for job creation and economic development and look forward to our partnership with Walgreens.”

“This new store offers District of Columbia residents a health and daily living destination that will help them live well, stay well and get well,” Walgreens market VP Darron Briscoe said. “At the core of this new format is our effort to bring the pharmacist from behind the counter to a front desk, so they can provide more counseling to patients and offer clinical services such as immunizations and health screenings. Having them out front also greatly increases patients' ability to approach the pharmacist with questions.”

As part of a pilot program over the past year, Walgreens has opened 20 stores in the Chicago area with the new health and daily living format and has converted all of its stores in the Indianapolis market to the format.

“The initial response we’ve received from our customers in Chicago and Indianapolis has been extremely positive, and we’re excited to now bring this experience to residents and visitors of Washington, D.C.,” Briscoe said.

The store is Walgreens third in the District of Columbia, and the company plans to open a fourth at 7th and H streets next year. Walgreens plans to operate eight locations in D.C. by 2017.

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