Walgreen's store set to mark grand opening

"The days and hours are ticking by in anticipation of the new Walgreen's grand opening Friday.We plan on opening Walgreen's at 8 p.m. on Sept. 1, John Haifen, Walgreen's manager said. The 13,000-square foot drug store, located on the corner of Bethel and Lund, had been planned for about 3 years. However, right across the street from the is Rite Aid which is direct competition for Walgreen's.Regardless of that, Laurel Emerson, who is helping Haifen get ready for the grand opening, doesn't think that it will affect their business. She said Walgreen's wouldn't have decided to build a store on the corner of Bethel and Lund if they thought they were going to lose business. I wouldn't think that Rite Aid would affect us, Emerson said. They're our main competition, but we don't worry about the competition just because someone else is across the street.Walgreen's sells prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter cold and cough medications. We also have a cosmetics department, Haifen said, and an overnight and one-hour photo department.There are many things that keeps Walgreen's competitive and a part from the other drug stores. Haifen says that the store has easy access to people being at the corner of Bethel and Lund, and Walgreens will be the the only drugstore left that has someone to help you in the cosmetics department. We are the last of the drugstores to have a person helping customers with fragrances and make up, Haifen said. Walgreen's also prides itself on customer service, he said.On a personal level, Haifen has goals for his store and Walgreen's in general. He says, This is the first store on this side of the peninsula, and I hope to establish the Walgreen's name. There is also a Walgreen's planned for Bremerton, so I want to get a good name out, and what were all about.Walgreen's currently has 26 stores in Washington State, and the company's goal is to have 100 stores by the year 2005.Natalie Hunt is a news intern. "

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