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Walgreens is opening new stores

It is adding three to the 14 it has in St. Petersburg and 45 in Pinellas County.

Published May 1, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Workers last week were putting tiles on the roof of the new Walgreens on 54th Avenue S at 31st Street. It is scheduled to open in July.

In west St. Petersburg, four concrete block walls marked the spot where a new Walgreens is going up on 22nd Avenue N at 66th Street. It is supposed to open in August.

In the northeast area of the city, plans are being drawn for a Walgreens at Fourth Street N and 38th Avenue. It will open sometime next year.

Drugstores, including Walgreens, love Florida, said Carol Hively, spokeswoman for Walgreen Co., which has 643 outlets here.

"We have more stores in Florida than any other state," said Hively. Fourteen are in St. Petersburg and 45 in Pinellas County.

Why so many Walgreens stores in Florida?

"It's a combination of the elderly population and tourism," Hively said. "For the elderly, it is prescriptions, and for the tourists, it's suntan lotion, magazines, snacks, the stuff at the front of the store."

On 54th Avenue S, the Walgreens is moving in next to a Wachovia Bank and across the street from a shopping center. Lights were on inside last week, and the building was painted.

On 22nd Avenue N, the new Walgreens is part of a near total rehabilitation of Crossroads Shopping Center, where a new Home Depot is the anchor. No roof is on yet at that Walgreens. It is one of several newly built smaller retailers at the center, where other stores have been renovated.

On Fourth Street N, Walgreens will be next to a Bank of America office building at one of the busier intersections in the city.

[Last modified April 30, 2005, 23:59:18]

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