Walgreens seeks to lift liquor moratorium

By Christine Hansen, Walgreens store manager, 1650 W. Chicago Ave.

An Added Convenience at Your Local Walgreens

Walgreens is reintroducing a limited selection of beer and wine in stores across the country in response to requests from customers who desire a one-stop shopping experience. Customers come to us for health and beauty products as well as convenience — picking up school or office supplies, a greeting card, a magazine or a snack. This is another convenience item our customers would like available to them in our stores.

Here in Chicago, more than 60 local stores currently offer this product line as an added convenience for our customers.

As you may know, your neighborhood store at 1650 W. Chicago Ave. currently does not sell beer and wine due to an existing moratorium in the area. Walgreens seeks to lift the moratorium to reintroduce a small selection of beer and wine at this store to complement our long list of other convenient products.

We have met with 1st Ward Ald. Proco Moreno on this issue, and look forward to presenting our plans to you at an upcoming East Village Association meeting. Walgreens representatives will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns so you are fully briefed on our plans.

We are proposing a very modest selection of beer and wine that will make up less than 2% of the total shelf space within the store. We’re confident our regular customers won’t notice a change in atmosphere of their neighborhood store.

It’s important to note that Walgreens will NOT sell liquor, single servings of beer or fortified wine products. This assortment has been carefully selected to appeal to the casual, moderate beer and wine drinkers. To see firsthand this limited selection, please visit our store in the 1st Ward at 1372 N. Milwaukee, which currently sells this beer and wine.

With this added product line comes great responsibility, and Walgreens is committed to upholding its history as a champion of the communities we are fortunate enough to serve. Again, we welcome your feedback to our plans and look forward to meeting with the East Village Association soon.
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