Walgreen's has been a fixture in downtown Kenosha for much longer than 1962 as the Kenosha News reported (1962 is when it moved to its present location). The mammoth drug store chain plans to shutter the cramped store in September, offering up a lame excuse that the new Walgreen store at 75th Street and Sheridan Road will better serve the area.
Who are they kidding? And why isn't city hall reacting?
A lot of folks are working hard to breathe new life into downtown Kenosha. Bistros, galleries, shops, condos are adding some life into the otherwise moribund patient. Add the museums, trolley and lakefront and it's curious why our city fathers -- and the school district, for that matter -- aren't more concerned.
Walgreen's was the last general retail establishment in downtown Kenosha. It's more than a pharmacy, as are most Walgreen stores around the country, but in an area with no other sources for a loaf of bread, cough syrup, Kleenex or panty hose you'd think Walgreen's would be looking to expand, especially with new residential development. Shame on them.
And city hall? They probably need to buy another ream of paper to keep up with the list of shuttered storefronts in this city. Shame on them, too.
If city hall hasn't been on the phone with CVS, what's taking so long? The downtown area needs a modern drug store, among other things. Or will the old Walgreen's become an unwelcome city landamark: another shuttered storefront?