REAL ESTATE

Walgreens opens Boston flagship

BY Michael Johnsen

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday will celebrate the official opening of its latest flagship, located at School and Washington streets in Boston. The store is located in an old Borders store.

“Walgreens is thrilled to provide a flagship location — unlike any traditional drug store — in the thriving and resilient Downtown Crossing neighborhood,” stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “We are transforming into a retail health and daily living destination that offers our customers unique and exceptional experiences to help them get, stay and live well.”

In recognition of the work by first responders following the tragic events earlier this month in the Boston area, Walgreens is presenting donations during the May 1 grand-opening ceremony totaling more than $100,000 to the following local organizations: Boston Police Relief Association, Boston Fire Department Children’s Fund, Boston EMS Relief Association and One Fund Boson.

The new store will showcase the "Boston Moves Kiosk." For consumers who interact with the Boston Moves portal, Walgreens gives residents the opportunity to join the city’s health initiative to lose 1 million pounds and move 10 million miles. The kiosk also lets users enroll in Balance Rewards, Walgreens customer loyalty program.

The store’s expanded features also include an enhanced pharmacy designed to encourage greater interaction between pharmacists and patients. The pharmacy also features an “Ask Your Pharmacist” desk, consultation rooms and an Express Rx kiosk for convenient checkout.

A LOOK Boutique beauty department featuring many prestige and niche cosmetic, skincare and hair care brands not typically found in drug stores is nearby. The beauty section will also display a broad selection of Britain’s leading skincare brand, No7, created by Boots. Specially-trained beauty advisors are on hand to offer guidance finding the best solutions for individual needs.

Befitting a flagship store, Walgreens will provide a robust selection of beer, wine and spirits and quality products appropriate to celebrate special occasions. A Beverage Wizard kiosk provides food and beverage pairing recommendations. And an outdoor café that acts as an extension of the interior space will feature patio seating.

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Dollar General to hire 10,000 employees in May

BY Marianne Wilson

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — To support its strong growth and fill current vacancies, Dollar General is planning to hire 10,000 employees in May for its store and distribution center locations. Career fairs to recruit candidates will be held throughout the month in the 40 states the company serves.

“Dollar General is seeking to hire people with the attitude, aptitude and ambition to build a career with us and support our mission of Serving Others,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “With growth and development opportunities, industry-recognized training programs and a culture of helping our employees grow and develop their skills, this national hiring initiative is a great opportunity for people to join the Dollar General team and to grow with us as we continue to strengthen and expand our business across America.”

On Saturday, May 18, Dollar General will host a national hiring fair at approximately 170 locations for available store employment opportunities in the 40 states it serves. Hiring fairs at the company’s distribution centers will be held throughout the month.

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J.C. Penney asks customers to come back in its new ad

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — J.C. Penney Co. on Wednesday unveiled an advertisement on Facebook that asks customers to return to its stores. The ad will air Wednesday and Thursday on national television, as well as on Penney’s social media platforms.

The retailer posted a 30-second ad on Facebook called “We Are Listening.” The spot blends nostalgic images of Penney stores from the 1960s and family scenes. A female narrator acknowledges that the retailer recently made some changes, some of which “you liked and some you didn’t.” The voice-over continues with, "What matters with mistakes is what we learn. We learned a very simple thing – to listen to you."

The ad ends with: "Come back to J.C. Penney – we heard you. Now we’d love to see you."

The video also appeared on Penney’s YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, the retailer took to Twitter to ask shoppers to comment about the recent changes, what they liked and what they didn’t. The company created the hashtag #jcplistens.

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