DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens plans to sell off more than half of its north suburban Deerfield headquarters, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. The message was sent to employees by CEO Roz Brewer last month. A hybrid strategy launched last year that allows many employees opportunities to work from home has left much of the sprawling, low-slung office campus along I-94 empty, so the company will shift personnel to its remaining buildings on the property’s southern edge.
The article said that no changes were planned for employees working in downtown Chicago’s Old Post Office. Walgreens moved many digital and IT employees there in early 2020, one of the first tenants to occupy the hulking riverfront structure after its renovation into an upscale office property.
“Especially for those who have worked on campus for years, I want you to know this decision was not taken lightly,” wrote Brewer. “I’m confident that we will grow to love the new ‘right-size’ campus, and that this change will help facilitate more opportunities for meaningful in-person interactions.”
The company will move all Deerfield employees into several buildings on the 100 block of Wilmot Road just north of Lake Cook Road and sell its adjacent buildings on the 200 and 300 blocks of Wilmot, she added.
“We recognize the way we work has changed and with our hybrid model valued by our team members, we have underutilized space on our Deerfield Campus,” a Walgreens spokesperson stated in an email to the Tribune. “To reimagine the space to fit our current needs and create efficiencies that allow us to invest in the business, we have made the decision to sell several buildings that are part of our support office.”
The article also said the company remains committed to its Deerfield headquarters, the spokesperson added, and more than 3,500 total employees will work between there and at the Old Post Office.
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