A major complaint of people living and working Downtown and the Historic Third Ward is the lack of a large, modern convenience store like Walgreen's or CVS.¬†
So, I'm calling for one (or two). Now.
Sure, there are a lot of small, pop in and buy a pack of gum type places. But, if you need what you can get at large pharmacy store like Walgreen's or CVS, you're out of luck and have to travel to the South Side, East Side or Marquette.
There is a Walgreen's inside the Shops of Grand Avenue, but let's be real, it's cramped, cluttered and way too small. ¬†Yes, the staff is good and friendly, but the selection isn't what people have come to expect from the retailer.
Many people are still calling for a Target in Downtown, and we'll keep our fingers crossed there. But, in the meantime it's high time for a new, nicer and bigger convenience store option Downtown. The numbers support it, and the demand is there.
How about a fancy Walgreen's? Like this one in Chicago. Why not? Frankly, greater Downtown could probably use two. One in the Third or Fifth Ward and another in Downtown proper.
People from the Third Ward are not going to walk downtown to go to a drug store. They don't even walk to the Metro Market.
This is why I live on the east side. The Third Ward still require a car for almost anything other than drinking or dining out.
Walgreens has some pretty smart people running their organization as does Target. If they felt they could make a go of it downtown, they would.
Here's an interesting idea for an article by Jeff Sherman. Jeff is constantly telling us what business would do great downtown. He should do an article on why he doesn't start those businesses downtown. Should be lucrative, right?
Its pretty simple. If there was away to profit downtown another pharmacy would open. May be should promote a Mom and Pop shop instead of more big business but then again who wants to risk a million dollars downtown in a store when a greater pecentage of your customers casualy walk off with your merchandise. I went to shop at the CVS on Brady and looked for a shopping cart. I asked where they were and the clerk stated , our customers take our carts home or desert them some where. I left purchasing nothing.
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