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Walgreens opens net-zero energy store

BY DSN STAFF
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EVANSTON, Ill. — Walgreens broke new ground with its store here, which stands as the first net-zero energy retail store in the United States. The 14,000-sq.-ft. space combines a variety of renewable energy technologies, including two wind turbines and 850 solar panels, to generate as much energy as possible. Eight geothermal wells burrowed deep into the ground help heat and cool the building, whose roof was oriented to maximize the amount of solar energy generated on site. The store was the winner of the Sustainable Store of the Year category in DSN sister publication Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Competition. With its array of energy-generating and energy-saving technologies, Walgreens Evanston is expected to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes, an environmental milestone for a retailer.

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DSN celebrates CVS Caremark issue with exclusive Providence reception

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Despite a massive snow and ice storm, a large group of suppliers and CVS Caremark executives gathered here Feb. 5, for an exclusive reception to celebrate the Dec. 16 issue of DSN, which featured an exclusive 60-page report on the company.

In addition to a special donation on behalf of DSN in support of the CVS Caremark Employee Relief Fund, DSN also unveiled a special commemorative T-shirt for CVS Caremark associates bearing the iconic, Superman-inspired “CVS Caremark: Power of One” art from the cover of the Dec. 16 issue.

Did you miss the special report? You can access it here.

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Walgreens unveils newest flagship store – Part 2

BY Antoinette Alexander
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NEW YORK — Despite the frigid temps, spirits were high as Walgreens celebrated on Thursday the official grand re-opening of its newest flagship store in New York City’s Union Square.

Walgreens opened in the historic Union Square area in 2001, and the store has now been renovated to feature the company’s new Well Experience format.

The impressive two-story location, which takes up one full city block, has been transformed to meet the unique needs of the neighborhood and to become an ideal destination for health and daily living. The store’s expanded features include the company’s new Well Experience format, which offers new solutions and services, including a new pharmacy design; an Upmarket with chef-rolled sushi, sandwiches, wraps and ready-to-eat cut fruits and vegetables; an expanded beauty and personal care section that includes Boots No7 products; an expansive seasonal department; and an advanced printing and photo lab.

For more pictures of the grand re-opening, click here.

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