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Posted on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 4 p.m.

Open soon: New Walgreens at Jackson and Maple in Ann Arbor close to complete

By Laura Blodgett


The new Walgreens on Jackson east of Maple in Ann Arbor.

Lon Horwedel |

Only the final steps remain before before the new Walgreens located at 2355 Jackson Ave. is ready to open.

The store - under construction all summer - is projected to open Oct. 15, if everything goes according to schedule with the city's permit process currently under way, store officials said.

The store will host a grand opening, most likely a week or so after the store opens.

Special promotions have not been determined, according to Paul Schleicher, store manager for the Walgreens at 3255 Washtenaw Ave. and community leader for the new location.

“It probably will be something around flu shots,” he said.

The hiring process for the new store is under way and Schleicher is starting to pull applications this week.

“We will hire probably 15-20 new employees," he said. "We do have some employees who will be transferring to the new store as well.”

The free standing building was constructed on property formerly occupied by Schlotszky’s Deli and KFC. Agree Realty of Farmington Hills developed the store.

“The construction process went very smoothly” says Schleicher. “The store went up real quick.”



Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 11:30 a.m.

I only use Stadium Pharmacy for my prescriptions. Xavier and staff are the BEST!!


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 6:21 a.m.

There's Choice and then there's overkill. This is clearly overkill and poor planning. Almost any other area of the city could have benefitted from a new pharmacy.

Jill Mueller

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 2:26 p.m.

I've never heard so much whining. Too bad people don't realize when they have a good thing! I no longer live in Ann Arbor and sorely miss all the choices that are offered in that terrific city. I am "only" about 23 miles from there, but there are no choices to speak of, only one pharmacy, no supermarket nearby--Chelsea is the closest that comes close to offering "choices". For crying-out-loud, be grateful for all that you have and make whatever choice pleases you. Besides the JOBS that will be there also!!


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 12:44 p.m.

I don't get my meds from Walgreen's. But I do have to go across town for the best price for printer ink refills. Now I just have to go about 1 1/2 miles! Yay!


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 8:56 a.m.

Cool! A new Walgreen's! I can't wait to (hopefully) be the first one to stroll down their expansive, well-stocked aisles and see what's different from any of their other 23 Ann Arbor stores. Oh wait...:(


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 8:47 a.m.

I'm sticking with Village Pharmacy as well. The people and service there are top-notch, and they know me and my medical needs. They also have a very strong connection to UM; Al is a UM alum, and they mentor many UM pharmacy students. UM and Village Pharmacy run many joint community health programs as well. If the new store's pharmacy will be open 24 hours, then I can see some value, but that's about it.

Wystan Stevens

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:57 a.m.

In defense of Walgreens, let us bear in mind that that particular chain has a special connection to Ann Arbor. Charles Walgreen, Jr., son of the Swedish immigrant founder, was a Michigan graduate who made prodigious donations to the University. Here is info about him from a Wikipedia listing of famous U-M alumni: "Charles Walgreen Jr., (PHC 1928, HMS 1951, HLHD 1992), son of the founder of Walgreens drugstores. In 1939, at age 33, Walgreen Jr. took over the company presidency from his father, Charles R. Walgreen Sr., and steered the company through World War II and the post-war boom. The company expanded to 600 stores and yearly sales grew to $1.16 billion from $72 million during his presidency. In 2005, in acknowledgment of $10 million he gave toward construction of the school's new drama center, the university named the new facility the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Drama Center. "The Walgreen family have been longtime supporters of the University of Michigan, through contributions for several professorships, endowed scholarships, facilities and programs in the College of Pharmacy and music school. Walgreen Jr. retired from Walgreen Co,'s board of directors in 1977, but kept an office at the company's headquarters into his 90s. He died at age 100."


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:39 a.m.

I'll continue to support Village Pharmacy. I've found that Al is better at figuring out that my meds won't work together than any computer system plus he always remembers my name, my kids' names, etc and always asks about them. Keeping it local and independent. :)

Duane Collicott

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:33 a.m.

All right! Finally! We really needed this! There are absolutely no other pharmacies within 100 feet of that location!


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:31 a.m.

Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS. Has anyone noticed that they keep popping up everywhere, even in the downed ecomomy? Drugs and big business. Please support locally owned, small businesses! fyi: Village Pharmacy will deliver!

David Briegel

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 11:35 p.m.

Drug Dealing is very profitable!


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 10:53 p.m.

@A2 So I suppose since there are numerous car dealerships, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations in an area that is a BAD thing? How dare another attempt to open a business, that quite frankly took over a CLOSED sandwich shop, and a failing artery clogging cess pool. I guess the west side should be filled with Michigan Inn type establishments. Maybe if you get your wish it will become Georgetown Mall


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 10:29 p.m.

I think I'm just gonna have to get sicker more often if all these pharmacies expect to remain competitive for my medicinal dollar.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 9:53 p.m.

FYI....The pharmacy at Plum Market is closed. What worries me is that there will be stupid drivers trying to leave the Walgreen parking lot and turning left onto Jackson Road. It will be too dangerous to do that dear Ann Arbor drivers, so don't do it!


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 7:27 p.m.

I will support Village Pharmacy! At one time it was Maple Village Prarmacy then it closed up and reopened under Village Pharmacy. Many years ago! Less work from them and the wait for a scrip is less time.... Just in and out.. hassle free. I have been with them for many years minus the time for closing.

Old Salt

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 6:35 p.m.

I will continue to support the family run phrmacies, thank you.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 4:14 p.m.

That's just a figure of speech -- we know that nobody actually walks around Westgate.

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3:36 p.m.

I find it a bit ironic that a place carrying Plavix is replacing a KFC and a deli.


Tue, Sep 14, 2010 : 3:24 p.m.

It's a good thing they're putting another drug store/Pharmacy on the West Side of Ann Arbor. Clearly the CVS, Kroger, Plum Market, K-mart, Rite Aid and Village Pharmacy that are all within walking distance of the new Walgreens doesn't seem to be enough..