Walgreens reopens all 108 Puerto Rico pharmacies after Hurricane Maria
SAN JUAN – Pharmacy store chain Walgreens announced Wednesday that with its recovery efforts complete for its 108 drugstores in Puerto Rico, it is launching an additional investment campaign on the island to expand its offerings to include, among other features, new patient health rooms, an expanded beauty offering and FedEx OnSite services.
Walgreens was reopening its drugstore in Toa Baja Wednesday, the final one to reopen on the island and one of six locations where the company operated a temporary pharmacy while it repaired the store.
“We are very excited to not only rebuild, but continue to innovate in our stores by bringing new features and services to a community where we have provided trusted care for nearly 60 years,” Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens, said in a press release. “Our employees’ response in the community over the last year is the perfect example of what it means to work at Walgreens. Whether they were working to re-establish pharmacy services or going door-to-door to hand out bottled water, we could not be more proud of how our employees continued to care for the community. They, along with our customers on the island, deserve this commitment.”
Walgreens is upgrading its pharmacies on the island to include patient health rooms that allow pharmacists to provide counseling and services such as immunizations in a private setting.
The company also is adding to its beauty section offering to include brands such as No7, Botanics, Soap & Glory and YourGoodSkin. The stores will feature a new beauty consultation area where trained beauty consultants are available. “In 10 locations, a marquee beauty experience will offer additional prestige beauty brands,” the release reads.
All Walgreens drugstores in Puerto Rico also will get updated brand materials to reflect the company’s new brand, Trusted since 1901, which launched in December. When complete, Puerto Rico will be the first market where all Walgreens locations will reflect the new brand materials.
Walgreens is also working to offer FedEx OnSite package pickup and drop off services at all locations in Puerto Rico.
Walgreens employs about 4,500 people in Puerto Rico.