Northeast Walgreens shows off new changes with grand re-opening

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Walgreens Store Manager Michael Johnson makes the grand re-opening official with a ribbon cutting. Photos by Leslie Collins

By Leslie Collins
Northeast News
September 16, 2011

Walgreens at Independence and Hardesty received a makeover and to show it off, the store hosted a grand re-opening Friday, Sept. 16.

Upgrades included a new color scheme, updated and easier to read signage, color coded aisles, among other changes.

Walgreens also reorganized its stock, making items easier to find for customers and remodeled the shelves to display products at eye level.

Walgreens’ Store Manager Michael Johnson said Walgreens across the U.S. that are older than three years are being remodeled. Remodeling at the Northeast store began Aug. 22 and was completed by Sept 2.

All Walgreens in Kansas City will be remodeled by Oct. 1, he said.

Kansas City’s Walgreens, along with those in Portland, Ore., are testing a pilot program using a Walgreens’ reward card. Customers using the card can receive extra discounts by building up points and access store coupons, Johnson said.

Walgreens also offers a variety of immunizations, like the flu shot, Shingles vaccination and others. Customers can also have their cholesterol tested. Last year alone, the Walgreens at Independence and Hardesty administered 1,100 flu shots.

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Trinagular signs now hover over aisles, making it easier for customers to locate products from across the store.

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In addition to new signage, like the "eat well" sign, each aisle is now color coded for easier access. For food products, just look for the color green.

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The beauty aisle also received an update and sports the colors, black and pink. All of the products across the store are now at eye level, easily within a customer's reach.

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