St. Michael Walgreens Opens On Schedule

The company pushed hard to have doors open by May 1. By May 2, the store was bustling with activity.

A steady stream of traffic was seen going in and out of the parking lot at Walgreens on their second day of business, Monday. The store had been open less than 48 hours but already looked like an established part of the community.

Amber Rannow, of St. Michael was waiting in the pharmacy Monday afternoon. “Where I grew up [Sauk Rapids] we had only Walgreens and Coborns so I think it’s pretty awesome [that we have a Walgreens],” she said. “I think people around here are pretty excited about it too.”

“I’m just excited we have another well-known business in town,” Janice Long, of Albertville said, while shopping for household goods Monday.

Anna, a Walgreens employee who lives in St. Michael said even she was surprised how busy the store already was. “We expected our first couple days to be slow. People aren’t always sure when businesses are open yet but we’ve been steady.”

“I even had some photo customers yesterday.” Anna said.


Becca May 05, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Not a fan of corporate America coming in and closing down a staple like Thrifty White... especially when we already have an over abundance of pharmacies in the STMA area. Not to mention the location is ridiculous. I can say with certainty I will not be a customer!
ES May 05, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Agree with Becca - I'm ANNOYED that Walgreens went up in St. Michael when we clearly didn't need ANOTHER drug store! Wish the city could've done more to protect a local business like Thrifty White! I WILL NOT be shopping at Walgreens!
Leah May 05, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I agree with the comments so far. I will not be shopping at either Walgreens or CVS. The only good thing that came out of the Walgreens location was the legion getting a bigger and better home.
Bradley May 05, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Hey, it is too bad that these comments are so bad. Walgreens gave Thrifty White what they wanted for that space. It is very strange that, after the fact, people are reacting in defense of the little guy. We all have a price and Walgreens had Thrifty Whites. If you want to go to a Thrifty White, there is one still in Mound, MN. Baby boomers are growing at a rate of 1 every 6 seconds. Corporate america needs to keep up, and this is the way to do it. Plus it added more jobs to the city. Hindsight is 20/20. Peace
Laura Nielsen May 06, 2011 at 01:29 AM
The town has changed SO much since I was little. I really am happy with some of the changes that I thought I would never get used to. I think I might head in to Walgreens (if I hear they have something really cool on sale, that is!) because, whatever happened to get them here, they ARE HERE NOW so, I will support them. It would be good to support the businesses that are in our towns. There's nothing more pathetic and horrible looking than boarded up buildings and businesses in a town. I like the look of the building. It beats some of the mall-ish type of buildings that aren't very attractive.
missyme May 06, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Walgreens is a great drug store chain, and what's really important to me, one that wanted to be in St. Michael! They wanted our business and were willing to put their money into our town. That's good enough reason for me to give them a chance! Their attractive new building is a much needed improvement to our main street and it's a big bonus that Walgreen's money bought the Legion a great new home that will keep one of my favorite dining places still available instead of sitting empty.
Terry May 06, 2011 at 03:27 AM
What will Walgreen do next, buy out CVS and then jack up their prices when there are no other pharmacies left in town. Wake up people. Its corporate greed buying another corpation that is just as greedy.
librfun May 06, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I am not so bothered by Walgreens building their as much as my concern for keeping their doors open down the road. We have three pharmacies in a small area, hopefully they will all maintain their business and do well.
local mama May 06, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Before I say I'll become (or not become) a patron of the new guy in town, I would like to know more details surrounding the deal with Thrifty White. I was worried about them the minute construction started...didn't know they had a "deal" but found it interested that they closed the day after Walgreens opened so figured something strategic was going on. Also, what does the city have planned for the Thrifty White building? It's brand new! Hope there's a plan! And please please get rid of the eye sore that the corner bar has become. It used to be a landmark in this town, but now it's just ugly. Especially since the crime there happened. Gross. Tear it down. I'm disappointed it's still there when they tore everything else down on the corner. What's up with that?!!
Mike Schoemer (Editor) May 06, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Hey, "Local Mama" It appears the deal between Thrifty White and Walgreens was in the works for a little while, and employees were informed the week after Easter. The prescriptions changed hands upon Walgreens' opening, as arranged. This was the ONLY Thrifty White store closed. The CITY is in talks with the building's property management company to find out what they can do to HELP bring in a new tenant. The city WILL NOT be influential in that decision, other than standard zoning codes (A gas station can't go there, for example, due to zoning). As for the Corner Bar, why would you shut down a local business that brings in money, out of curiosity?
Jennifer Cunningham May 07, 2011 at 02:12 PM
As one of the former owners of St. Michael Drug, I too was saddened to hear that Thrifty White was closing. This, I'm sure, was not an easy decision for Thrifty White to make, but when looking at all the options, I think they felt this was in the best interest of the whole company. As a citizen of St. Michael, I too was dismayed that Walgreens even chose to build/open a store here with the pharmacies we had already in place. It just confirms what I have heard, that Walgreens will go ANY WHERE! I moved to St. Michael when it was still just a little tiny speck on the map and have seen so many changes--some good, some not so good-over the last 26 years. I remember getting groceries at "Verns" So many people moved to St. Michael looking for the small town atmosphere that it's actually become a suburb now, and we've lost some of our small town ways. I hope folks will continue to support the local businesses--Hardware Hank, Dehmer's, and those businesses that have been supportive of St. Michael! By the way, the Thrifty White store in Mound has also closed, as did one in Hastings. Unfortunately there are no longer any Thrifty's in the Minneapolis area. M. Hanson


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