Walgreens opened the doors to its latest flagship location last month in the nation's capital, bringing to District of Columbia residents and commuters the kind of retail pharmacy theater already familiar to citizens of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Located at the entrance to Chinatown, elements reflecting the local flavor include an exterior facade that features Mandarin and Chinese characters that translate as "pharmacy" and an homage to the Capitol rotunda on the second floor. The new D.C. location also is home to a Take Care retail clinic and the second full-line display of Boot's No7 brand.
With the proximity of the clinic and pharmacy just down the street from Walgreens' governmental affairs office, Walgreens will be able to show legislators, policy-makers and other Beltway influentials firsthand the full cost-savings potential a pharmacy can bring. "We're … positioned to help influence health care in this country," Kermit Crawford, Walgreens' president of pharmacy, health and wellness, told DSN on a tour of the store.