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    Walgreens Expected to Bring Upscale Prototype to Phoenix

    Remodeled location would feature fresh food items and expanded pharmacy.

    PHOENIX -- Walgreens is reportedly renovating a Phoenix store into what would be its first pilot concept store in the region, reports the Phoenix Business Journal. It would follow other such concept stores in Boston, Chicago and elsewhere. Walgreens Co. also recently opened a flagship Duane Reade store in New York.

    Company officials declined to confirm whether the store, located at Chandler Blvd. and 40th Street, is to become a concept store, but a store employee told the news outlet that renovations are scheduled to finish at the beginning of October.

    The store is expected to offer fresh food items and feature an expanded pharmacy following the remodel. It will remain a single-story location, unlike the company's other concept stores. It already features a Take Care Clinic, where customers can visit pharmacists and nurse practitioners for services such as vaccinations and minor medical treatment.

    "Pilot stores feature an entirely redesigned interior with fresh food, redesigned beauty and a lighter, brighter design. The core of the store is the health center that includes a redesigned pharmacy, and at some locations, a Take Care Clinic," Walgreens' 2011 annual report read, according to the Business Journal.

    The report also stated that the company plans to make its stores easier to shop at and more relevant to consumers by reducing inventory, enhancing customer experience and increasing efficiency.

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