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Walgreens Under Construction

Modified: Saturday, Dec 22nd, 2012

The Walgreens construction site. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

After an unexpected delay caused by environmental issues related to an old underground oil tank, work on the Newport Walgreens Pharmacy at the corner of Highway 101 is underway. The 14,500 square-foot building is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. Of the more than 7,800 WalgreenS Pharmacies, Newport’s will be the only one with an art deco façade. Founded as a 50-foot by 20-foot drugstore in 1901 by Charles R. Walgreen in Dixon, Ill., Walgreens now operates 7,840 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The company employs 247,000 people. According to its website, Walgreens filled 819 million prescriptions in 2011 and each store stocks more than 18,000 items.

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