20 February 2015

DEERFIELD, Ill., February 20, 2015 - Walgreens will celebrate the official opening of a new two-story, flagship store at 1488 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, in the popular Ala Moana shopping district on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. The location features an extensive collection of innovative offerings, products and services unexpected from a drugstore.

This is Walgreens 15th flagship store, and its 12th store on Oahu and 18th in Hawai‘i. The culturally inspired design reflects elements of traditional Hawaiian architecture, as well as embraces components of the natural landscape.

“We are very excited to open a Walgreens flagship store in the beautiful city of Honolulu,” said Roberto Valencia, Walgreens Corporate Operations Vice President. “The store will serve as one of America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty destinations.”

The store follows Walgreens Well Experience format in which every aspect of the store focuses on the idea of “well.” The first floor of the store features an Upmarket Café, including a made-to-order juice, smoothie and milkshake bar; made-fresh daily hand-rolled sushi, poke and sashimi; produce and high-quality, on-the-go meal options such as wraps, sandwiches and salads; premium coffee beverages and baked goods. Customers also can enjoy self-serve frozen yogurt.

A robust selection of beer, wine and spirits will also be available on the first floor and a wide selection of souvenirs, apparel and local offerings will be displayed throughout the store and represent LEGO, Mauna Loa, Hello Kitty Sunglass Hut and Dole.

On the second floor and key to the store is the pharmacy, where the pharmacist is made accessible to provide more counseling and services to patients, fostering pharmacist-patient relationships. The pharmacy features an Express Rx pickup kiosk to allow customers to quickly pick up and pay for their refill prescriptions and a private health room for counseling and services including immunizations and health tests.

This level also features a LOOK Boutique beauty department, which offers an expanded selection of skincare, hair care and cosmetics including products from Boots No7.

The store will be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week; pharmacy hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Assisted by Mayor Caldwell, Walgreens leadership will mark the 35,576-square-foot store’s opening with a private traditional Hawaiian blessing at approximately 8 a.m. tomorrow. Also, as part of the company’s mission to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens will make a $5,000 donation to the Hawaiian chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation's largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.



Mailee Ua Garcia, 847-315-2141