Walgreens makes a home in Brooklyn with 7,000th store (Part 1)

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The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour bus was on hand to offer free health screenings in the store's parking lot.

Drug Store News Group publisher John Kenlon spoke with Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson at the grand opening event.

Walgreens media specialist Robert Elfinger, president and CEO Greg Wasson, Charles R. "Cork" Walgreen III and Kathy Walgreen

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson addressed attendees of the grand opening event.

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson with assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz and Charles R. "Cork" Walgreen III

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (far right) presented a $7,000 donation to Lenny's Lighthouse, a charity that provides support for people with disabilities.

A plaque commemorates the 7,000th store.

The decor of the new Walgreens store celebrates its location in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Walgreens celebrated the grand opening of its 7,000th store Thursday, Oct. 1, in Brooklyn, on the edge of New York City's iconic Coney Island neighborhood. Local officials, including borough president Marty Markowitz and others, were on hand to welcome the retailer to the neighborhood during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Charles R. "Cork" Walgreen III, grandson of the company's founder and former chairman of the board, also was in attendance to help mark the auspicious occasion. As part of the grand opening, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour offered free health screenings and flu shot vouchers to uninsured adults.