Walgreens Opening Flagship Store in Wrigley Building

The store will open to public at 9 a.m. Wednesday

Walgreens is opening a new flagship store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and they're not traveling far.

The drugstore chain’s new location will debut Wednesday in the Wrigley Building, at 410 N. Michigan Ave., and the company will close their current store just a short distance away at 430 N. Michigan Ave. company officials said.

The two-story, 27,800-square-foot drugstore will feature hand-rolled sushi, a walk-in beer cooler, a LOOK Boutique beauty department, a pharmacy and a Healthcare Clinic.

“The store is uniquely designed to fit the character of the iconic Wrigley Building,” a Walgreen Co. spokesman said in a release Tuesday.

The news comes just months after the Deerfield-based company announced plans to close 76 stores in the second half of its fiscal year to "optimize the company's asset base."

The location is the company's 14th flagship store, and the third in Chicago.

"We are very excited to open a Walgreens flagship store in the Wrigley Building, bringing together two iconic names in Chicago business," said Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. "The store will serve as a destination for health and daily living that offers our customers an exceptional experience."

The iconic Wrigley Building, designed by Charles Beersman, opened in 1922 and the North Tower, where Walgreens is located, was built in 1924.

"By marrying two of Chicago's iconic brands -- Walgreens and Wrigley -- under one landmark roof, I know this store will enjoy great success," Ald. Brendan Reilly said in a statement.

The store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the venue will open to the public at 9 a.m.

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