Walgreens Debuts New Flagship Store in the Iconic Empire State Building

  Walgreens Debuts New Flagship Store in the Iconic Empire State Building

   Drugstore chain’s second Well Experience flagship store in New York City

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- March 22, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) tomorrow will welcome customers to its
latest New York City-based flagship store located in the world renowned Empire
State Building. The store, which opens to the public at 10 a.m., features an
extensive collection of innovative offerings, products and services unexpected
from a drugstore.

“We are extremely pleased to provide another revolutionary store that
demonstrates how Walgreens is transforming daily living, pharmacy and
healthcare experiences nationwide,” said Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of
operations and community management. “Walgreens innovative products and
services support our commitment to help our customers get, stay and live

A ribbon cutting ceremony will commence the grand opening. Walgreens
leadership will be available for comment after the ceremony.

The store’s expanded features include:

  *An enhanced, state-of-the-art pharmacy designed to encourage greater
    interaction between pharmacists and patients. A health guide will help
    pharmacy customers navigate a wide range of health and wellness products,
    as well as healthcare services including immunizations and health tests to
    better manage patient care. The pharmacy also features an “Ask Your
    Pharmacist” desk, private consultation rooms and Express Rx kiosks for
    easy, self-serve checkout.
  *A LOOK Boutique beauty department featuring dozens of prestige and niche
    cosmetic, skincare and hair care brands not typically found in drugstores.
    Specially-trained beauty advisors are on hand to offer guidance finding
    the best solutions for individual needs. Expert shaping and grooming
    services will be available at the Eyebrow Bar.
  *Hundreds of fresh food items including produce and high-quality, on-the-go
    meal options such as wraps, sandwiches and salads made fresh daily.
  *A selection of customary beer and select local brews.
  *A Coca-Cola Freestyle machine dispensing 130 varieties of Coca Cola
    fountain drinks.
  *Customers can also enjoy several flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt
    accompanied by an enticing toppings bar.
  *An Upmarket Café offering fresh brewed coffee, pastries, doughnuts and

The store will be open 24 hours every day with pharmacy hours from 7 a.m. to 9
p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. until 6
p.m. Sundays.

About Walgreens

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
8,071 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

About the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire
State Building is the “World’s Most Famous Office Building.” With new
investments in infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State
Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries
from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology
supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York
metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite
building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The
Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved
attractions and is the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information
on the Empire State Building, please visit www.esbnyc.com,
http://www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, or @EmpireStateBldg.


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