Leopardo Completes Historic Renovation of Walgreens New

Leopardo Completes Historic Renovation of Walgreens New Upscale,
Flagship Store 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/27/12 --  Leopardo recently
completed the historic renovation of the new upscale Walgreens store,
which features a sushi station, beautician bar and vitamin vault.  
The new flagship Walgreens is located within the historic Noel State
Bank building in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood at the corner of
North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues. The 30,000-square-foot,
three-story building was built in 1919 and is a registered Chicago
Landmark.  
"The one-of-a-kind retail location preserves the stunning and
historic building's original architectural integrity," according to
the Walgreens corporate announcement, which also detailed the
extensive restoration on the building's coffered plaster ceiling,
which features elaborate designs. At the ceiling's center is a large
stained glass window with a six-point star design. The main level
sales floor includes a coffee bar, juice bar, sushi bar and yogurt
station.  
Crain's Chicago Business recently published a feature story on the
new retail space, referencing the "show-stopping" stained-glass
window and quoting Bryan Pugh, vice president of merchandising at
Walgreens, about one of the stores unique features. "Taking the vault
out of the bank would have cost a lot of money," Pugh said. "But we
also thought it was a wonderful feature to bring to life. We decided
to embrace the building and utilize its assets." 
The massive basement vault now houses a large assortment of vitamins
and protein powders. Antique medicine bottles from Walgreens archives
are displayed on a wall of century-old safe deposit boxes. The lower
level is also the location of the pharmacy.  
Leopardo served as the general contractor, working hand-in-hand with
Camburas & Theodore Architects. The complex historic renovation was
successfully completed with a fast-paced construction schedule in
order for the store to open by Thanksgiving. 
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