Walgreens: the place where you buy aspirin and razors, right? Not if you live in Chicago. A 27,350-square-foot, two-story store is set to open in the city's Loop tomorrow, and oh, what an upscale drugstore it is. Shoppers will be able to serve themselves frozen yogurt, pick up hand-rolled sushi, and grab a smoothie at the juice bar, reports the Tribune. Those looking for something a little more adult can check out its "best-in-class" wine selection, which a press release picked up by MarketWatch explains will stock 700+ fine wines, along with artisan cheeses. There's a cigar humidor, too.
The pharmacy is getting kicked up a notch as well, with iPad health guides, an "Ask Your Pharmacist" desk, and a "Take Care" clinic that will offer physicals and vaccinations. As for its traditional cosmetics aisle, this Walgreens will feature a swank beauty department staffed by "specially trained beauty advisers" and stock items such as a $160 Italian facial serum; a Nail Bar and Eyebrow Bar will dish out manicures and shape your brows. "Drugstores in general have really recognized that their hold on the beauty market has been whittled away by the Ultas and the Sephoras of the world," a retail expert tells Crain's. "They know if they want their female customers to buy an extra item when they walk in, they really have to up their game."