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May 26 / Neal

Walgreens Closing

The following press release was issued May 22:

A petition bearing some 470 signatures was delivered today to Walgreens CEO Gregory D. Wasson, asking that he intervene to save their neighborhood store. The store, located at 1606 N. Mobile in Chicago, is scheduled to close on May 30th.

The petition identifies the Mobile/North Avenue store as a neighborhood anchor with friendly service and a particularly excellent pharmacy team (http://tinyurl.com/lknruqf). Signers made hundreds of comments like this one:
“I shop at this Walgreen’s almost every other day. The staff is so helpful, friendly and professional. This place has become somewhere I can go and it feels like we live in a small town. This store should be saved!!” Lauren Cantore, Chicago.

But the petition also asserts that keeping the store open makes sense from a business perspective. Walgreens plans to tear down and rebuild its store 1.5 miles to the west, opening a small temporary location in an adjacent strip mall. Residents ask that the much larger Mobile/North store remain open during the construction period, giving community organizations time to help build its customer base. (The community only received about a month’s notice of the store closing.)

An accompanying letter to Mr. Wasson identifies several additional business reasons not to close the Mobile/North store, including the fact that the property’s lease renewed for 5 years in January 2014, and that the temporary store 1.5 miles to the west will lack adequate parking.

The petition was sponsored by the North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Committee (NAZDAC), which represents residents of Chicago‘s Galewood neighborhood and north Oak Park.

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