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Walgreens opens second Chicago flagship store at historic Noel State Bank building

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday held the grand opening for its latest flagship store, a restoration of Chicago’s historic Noel State Bank building in Chicago’s Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. 

This is Walgreens second flagship store in Chicago and, like its downtown State and Randolph flagship location, features an extensive collection of innovative offerings, products and services many may not expect to find in a drug store. “It was thrilling to restore this architectural gem once again into a thriving business anchor in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area,” stated Joe Magnacca, Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions. “This flagship store will provide customers with a unique shopping experience within an iconic building. It’s the latest example of how we are stepping out of the traditional drug store format and helping people get, stay and live well.”

The Noel State Bank building, constructed in 1919, was designed by Gardner Coughlen in a neo-classical style. The original bank fell victim to a bank run during the Great Depression and has housed several different banks over the decades, the last being Midwest Bank, which closed several years ago.

Throughout the last two years, Walgreens has worked closely with the city’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks on the building restoration. The exterior is clad entirely in ornamental terra cotta. Large windows are divided by rising pilasters topped with Corinthian capitals, and a prominent cornice wraps around the rounded corner of the building.

Extensive restoration took place on the building’s coffered plaster ceiling, which features abundant non-symmetrical hexagons that frame griffins and other ornate designs, all of which form into successive yet subtle Star of David patterns. At the center is a large stained glass window with a six-point star design. Walgreens also restored the interior columns topped with pilasters and the original bank vault, which will be repurposed as a “Vitamin Vault” in the store’s health and wellness section. Original bank lockboxes open and display various vitamin products.

 

 

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Walgreens urges Congress to resolve fiscal cliff

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday publicly urged congressional leaders to make headway in avoiding the upcoming fiscal cliff if expiring tax cuts aren’t reinstated. 

“Walgreens supports the bi-partisan efforts of policymakers in Washington, including the President and Congressional leadership, who are working hard together to achieve consensus solutions to avoid the fiscal cliff before the end of the year," stated Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “As we all know, resolving the federal revenue and spending issues to avoid the fiscal cliff is critical to our nation, our economy and further recovery, as well as America’s future global competitiveness," Wasson said. "It is absolutely clear that we need to protect [America’s] jobs, health and economic future by avoiding the fiscal cliff, curbing the federal debt and bringing our nation to long-term, sustainable fiscal health."

News coverage regarding the fiscal cliff has focused on the potential impact on American incomes, including this The Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday morning. But resolving the fiscal cliff will also prove positive to businesses outlining calendar 2013 capital commitments. “Businesses like Walgreens … will benefit from federal fiscal clarity to make investments that ultimately advance jobs, growth and prosperity for all," Wasson noted. 

 

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Walgreens and Redbox partner on Thanksgiving Day movie giveaway for early-bird customers

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Redbox on Tuesday announced that the first 250 customers to make a purchase at each of the more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide on Thanksgiving Day will get a free one-night Redbox DVD rental. The rental will be valid from Thanksgiving Day through Nov. 29, 2012, at any Walgreens offering Redbox rentals.

"Building on the success of last year’s Thanksgiving Day promotion with Redbox, we are offering this reward to our early bird shoppers once again this Thanksgiving," stated Bob Cinq-Mars, Walgreens divisional merchandise manager for front-end services. "The holidays are a great time to gather the family for a movie, and this promotion offers a chance for some to try out the service for the first time or a nice bonus for many others who have long enjoyed the convenience and value of Redbox rentals at their neighborhood Walgreens."

 

 

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