Walgreens Donates $250,000 to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Two-thirds of Stores Closed by Storm Reopen
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- October 31, 2012
Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) said Wednesday it will donate $250,000
to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, supporting East Coast
communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
The company also is donating three semitrailer truckloads of bottled water to
a Red Cross facility in New Brunswick, N.J., to distribute throughout the
disaster area. Walgreens stores in the region also are donating merchandise in
response to community requests that have come in since the storm’s impact.
Walgreens continues its aggressive effort to serve customers by reopening
stores, keeping 24-hour stores in operation and restocking shelves. By 2 p.m.
eastern time Wednesday, more than two-thirds of the 750 stores initially
closed due to the storm had reopened, leaving only 239 still closed. More than
a dozen were open without power and 55 were open despite light or moderate
damage. Numerous stores are operating with electric generators, 180 of which
were stationed in advance of the storm for rapid deployment. Walgreens has
nearly 1,400 stores in the impacted area.
Major Walgreens distribution centers, including facilities in Windsor, Conn.,
Bethlehem, Penn., and Maspeth, N.Y., the latter serving Duane Reade stores,
have full power restored and are operating.
Store status information is regularly updated throughout the emergency and is
available online at http://news.walgreens.com.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
7,944 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and
in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the
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