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First Alaska store puts Walgreens in all 50 states
July 13th, 2009
Bruce Philipp, Walgreens' Alaska district manager, addresses the crowd at the Wasilla store's opening.
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. now has a footprint in all 50 states with the opening of its first Alaska store over the weekend.
The company held the grand opening of its new Wasilla, Alaska, store on Sunday, July 12. Plans call for two more Alaska locations, both in Anchorage, to open their doors in August.
Walgreens said the Wasilla store and the upcoming Anchorage units will feature products from local vendors, ranging from coffee and moose nuggets to ulus and fishing supplies. In addition, all three stores have drive-through pharmacies, heated sidewalks, heated parking spaces for people with disabilities and heated aprons around the front doors.
“With an aging population and baby boomers in their 60s, Alaska’s demand for pharmacy services is growing every year,” Bruce Philipp, Walgreens district manager for Alaska, said in a statement. “We’ll help meet that need with services that aren’t currently offered in the state, such as 24-hour prescription service and drive-through pharmacies that are especially helpful to the elderly, parents of small children and people who have their pet in the car with them. We even can provide medications for your pets to make caring for them easier, too.”
Each Alaska store will employ about 30 to 40 people, including store managers, pharmacists and pharmacy staff, photo specialists, beauty advisers and service clerks, according to the drug store chain.
“Walgreens mission is to provide quality pharmacy and health and wellness services that are accessible and affordable,” commented Mark Wagner, Walgreens executive vice president of operations and community management. “Our pharmacists help improve the lives of local residents living with diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many other health issues.”
And like other Walgreens stores in the lower 48 states, the Alaska locations include pharmacy auto-refill service, prescription label directions in any of 14 different languages, a pharmacy that's electronically connected to all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide (making a patient’s prescription information available at any Walgreens), and complete digital photo services (including the ability to upload photos to Walgreens.com and pick them up at any Walgreens in about an hour).