Walgreens at 7th & H to go Upscale

In early January Capital Business shared the list of prospective retailers Douglas Development had lined up for their 7th and H development. At tonight’s MVSNA meeting Paul Millstein (from Douglas) confirmed that Walgreens and Yo! Sushi were on board but did not confirm Panera Bread.

Perhaps more insightful was Millstein’s explanation of how this would not be a typical Walgreens. This Walgreens will be modeled after a ‘super store’ concept launched in Chicago at State and Randolph this January. The 25,000 sqft operation will occupy three floors including a basement level and aims to be as much a health and daily living store as a pharmacy. Expect upmarket fresh and pre-packaged foods, wine, a bakery, coffee shop and services including an on-site doctor and a nail salon on the second floor.

The embedded video showcases a tour of the new Chicago store. The ETA for this new Walgreens is the Nov/Dec timeframe.

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    Scott says

    I thought a representative from Douglas Development said that a Duane Reade was going in to this location?

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    nelliebly says

    Whoa, this sounds amazing! Looking fwd to it. CVS will seriously need to up its game.

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    JB says

    Looking at the rendering of the building in your link for the earlier post, it does not appear this development will include the empty lot on H st between this development and the building housing Vapiano. Any word on what will become of that lot?

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    FourthandEye says

    @JB – Douglas does not own the empty lot next to Vapiano. I believe it was said Monument Realty does and while Douglas and Monument at one point explored a joint venture that eroded. Therefore the lot is not within the scope of this development.

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    Tony says

    I hadn’t watched the video before my last post. I just did and this concept reminds me of the Woolworths brand in Sydney and some of the Duane Reade stores in NYC. The additional grocery option will be welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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    cozmot says

    The bad news is that Walgreens will have no special security, and it’s still located next to a bus stop. Remember the “upscale” Safeway at City Vista? Look what it’s become today. I don’t hold out a lot of hope for an upscale Walgreens in the long term.

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    Ben says

    “Remember the “upscale” Safeway at City Vista? Look what it’s become today.”

    …an urban grocery store? Not sure I follow your comment.

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    cozmot says

    Well, let me help you, Ben.

    Well stocked with fresh goods. Friendly, helpful cashiers and staff. Plenty of cashiers. A customer service counter with customer service.

    fyi, it began as an urban grocery store, so did not transform into one. There are plenty of urban grocery stores in the city that remove expired foods promptly (poultry, meats, frozen and canned goods, etc.), keep items in stock, have plenty of cashiers, and actually assist you when you request customer service.

    Go to Harris Teeter and compare same. Hope this helps.