JOPLIN, Mo. — Walgreens on Monday celebrated the reopening of two Joplin, Mo., stores within three months after one was severely damaged and the other completely demolished by a tornado that swept through the city May 22. The drug stores are the first among major retailers in the area to reopen since the storm, Walgreens reported.
“As the city’s largest provider of pharmacy, health and wellness services and daily living needs, we were driven to restore full service to these communities as quickly as possible,” Walgreens district manager Ryan Kruger said. “This was truly a Herculean effort by everyone involved. We are especially appreciative to city officials for streamlining the permitting process, to our materials suppliers for the breakneck speed in which materials arrived at the site and to countless others for offering their support and resources in completing this coordinated rebuilding project in record time.”
Walgreens will mark the reopenings with ceremonial ribbon-cuttings at both locations at 4 p.m., kicking off a host of community activities through 8 p.m. The events will include music, free food and giveaways, kids’ crafts and face painting, free blood pressure, blood-glucose and bone density checks and free diabetes consultations from local physicians.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be at the forefront of the rebuilding efforts in Joplin,” Kruger said. “The tremendous progress of the recovery is a testament to the spirit and resolve of the people here. The community has come together in an incredible way, and the benefits will be felt long after the area is back on its feet.”