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Walgreens becomes a truly national chain

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WASILLA, Alaska — Walgreen Co. celebrated the grand opening of its first store in Alaska and its presence in all 50 states last month.

“More than 100 years ago our founder, Charles Walgreen Sr., would remind his customers, ‘You’re always welcome at Walgreens,’ ” said Mark Wagner, executive vice president of operations and community management for the drug store chain. “We’re now extending that welcome across the entire country.”

The Wasilla store, along with two Anchorage outlets that will open this month, include products from local vendors — from coffee and moose nuggets to ulus (knifes made from walrus bone) and fishing supplies.

All three Walgreens Alaska stores opening this summer will offer drive-through pharmacies as well as 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 service is growing every year,” says Bruce Philipp, who serves as Walgreens’ district manager for Alaska.

“We’ll help meet that need with services that aren’t currently offered in the state, such as a 24-hour prescription service and drive-through services that are especially helpful to the elderly, parents of small children and people who have a pet in their car with them.”

Like Walgreens stores in the Lower 48, the Alaska stores will feature pharmacy auto-refill service and prescription label directions in any of 14 languages, as well as a pharmacy electronically connected to all Walgreens pharmacies across the country.


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