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Economy not slowing down Walgreens in Hawaii

Gladys Singleton Gladys Singleton
Dana Psomas Dana Psomas

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - The economy isn't slowing down the nation's largest drug store chain. Walgreens celebrates the grand opening of its third store in Hawaii Sunday.

From first glance of the hundreds of people crowding the store, it looks like the economy is back to where it used to be. Many got up early to shop, shop and shop at the 24-hour store equipped with a drive-thru pharmacy.

"I have greeted every Walgreens as soon as they come on the island, I love Walgreens, I shop there every time I go to Vegas," Makaha resident Gladys Singleton said.

Singleton just got off working a 16-hour shift. But fatigue didn't stop her from getting the ant-repellent she was looking for.

"I've lived in the islands for over 24 years and so it's good to have a selection, more than just one place to go," she said.

Walgreens' Hawaii manager agrees. She expects over the long-term there'll be up to 30 stores in Hawaii.

"We think that this is actually great for the economy, not only can we offer more choices to more people, more jobs, but we can be competitive with prices," Hawaii district manager Dana Psomas said.

Not only does it offer another option, it also creates more jobs. About 40 of them, which couldn't have come at a better time. At the core of the prescription drugstore giant is its ability to provide people, especially seniors, an easier way to get their medications.

"There's such a great need for prescriptions, that keeps growing and growing and that is the heart of our business," Psomas said.

The store sits at the former site of Kamehameha Bowl in Kalihi, and it hopes to score a strike despite these tough times.

This month, Walgreens plans to open three additional pharmacy-only sites on Maui. It's also opening a Kailua store at the former PriceBusters location later this year.

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