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.


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 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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