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A Walgreens opening isn’t typically big news, but this one’s generating more than the usual share of hoopla. The new flagship store opening Thursday at Chinatown’s main intersection of 7th and H streets NW will feature three stories, a health clinic with two consultation rooms, a barista-operated “Upmarket Cafe,” a smoothie bar, a frozen yogurt stand, a Roman-style cupula on the second-floor ceiling (see if you can spot George Washington), and, I’m told, a very impressive selection of lipstick.
Even before its opening, the store’s generated some controversy. Walgreens attempted to transfer its alcohol license from its West End store to the new location so it can sell wine and beer, but that can’t come through until March 28. But lest the store be forced to get by for a week without booze, the Council has taken steps to provide a temporary license. For now, as you can see below, the “cold beer” section is dry as a bone.
Walgreens is doing media tours all day today, but I got a sneak peek at the store yesterday. Click on the photo below to see what it looks like.