That is the number Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens expects to hire soon. Not only that, but the company also announced more food oasis stores and expansions of existing outlets.
About half of the jobs are expected to come as a result of expansion. Those being that of the Walgreens downtown Chicago office space. The expansion includes more room for E-commerce, information technology and related areas, the company said in a statement
released today (June 29).
Approximately 300 other new jobs in the city will be created by new store openings and remodeling of many of Walgreens Chicago drugstores. There are currently 142 of them in the city.
This also includes the planned expansion of Walgreens 11 food oasis stores in the city (to nearly 50 over the next two years).
Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson said, “Walgreens is proud of our historic roots in Chicago and pleased totake our presence in the city to a new level by bringing more jobs and contributing to the prosperity and quality of life here.”
“We already employ more than 4,500 people in the city [Chicago], and the additional jobs we plan to bring here will position us to serve community needs in new and better ways,” he added.
“Chicago Hometown Investment Initiative” includes:
• Expanded downtown office space.
• Expansion of food oasis stores.
• New and remodeled drugstores.
“Our expanded investment in Walgreens hometown demonstrates the optimism we’ve had for Chicago since Charles R. Walgreen Sr. opened his first store here in 1901 at the corner of Cottage Grove and Bowen avenues,” Wasson said.
NOTE: Walgreens food oasis locations offer a broader selection of healthy foods to address the food desert issue facing many communities.
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