After 25 of its stores took damage during the civil unrest in the Twin Cities last month, Walgreens says it's managed to get the majority back open again.
The retail and pharmacy chain announced Friday that all but five of its 113 stores in the Twin Cities metro area are open for business, after some were damaged, looted, and in some cases burned during the riots in the wake of George Floyd's killing.
“Our commitment to the communities we serve is at the heart of everything we do, and especially now, we’re taking every step possible to reopen stores quickly, and to help ensure customers and patients have access to the medications and other essentials they need,” said Rob Ewing, Walgreens regional vice president.
The stores that are still closed are at 200 W. Lake St., 628 W. Broadway, 4323 Chicago Ave., 5428 Lyndale Ave. S. and 3121 E. Lake St., Walgreens spokesperson Erin Loverher told BMTN.
A sixth store – 2650 Hennepin Ave. – has reopened its pharmacy in a trailer in the parking lot, but the store itself is still closed, Walgreens spokesperson Erin Loverher told BMTN.
Walgreens is opening another temporary pharmacy at the Walgreens at 4547 Hiawatha Ave., which is scheduled to open Friday.
The hope is that these temporary pharmacy locations will help customers affected by the store closures get their prescriptions. Walgreens has also been reaching out to people impacted and is offering delivery options for those who need it.
The pharmacy chain is also planning to increase essential grocery items at its stores in the Twin Cities where local grocery stores have temporarily closed due to the riots. And starting June 14, it will offer a 20 percent in-store discount on previously closed stores as they reopen, with the discount lasting 30 days, a news release said.
Updates on store staus is available on the Walgreens website.