As Walgreens officials seek community input about adding liquor sales to its store on upper Market Street in San Francisco, the company is planning to completely revamp its store at 18th and Castro Streets in the heart of the city’s gay business district.
The news comes as its chief rival, CVS, readies to open its first Castro location in the Market Noe Center near the corner of Market and Noe Streets. CVS is currently remodeling the facade and interior of a large portion of the concrete shopping complex ahead of its opening later this year.
The Walgreens store at 498 Castro Street is actually two different storefronts combined as one with floor to ceiling shelving, a cramped pharmacy space, and a second section up a small staircase where greeting cards, health products and beauty supplies are sold.
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