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Hagerstown area very 'welcoming' to new Walgreens pharmacy

April 12, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Walgreens store manager Dennis Bower, center, gets a reaction from Hagerstown City Councilman Don Munson, left and store pharmacy manager Natalie Logsdon after cutting a ribbon to open the Dual Highway store Friday morning.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

A grand opening was held Friday for a Walgreens store on Dual Highway, the second Walgreens pharmacy to open in the area within two weeks.

“We’re just glad to finally be here, Walgreens in Washington County,” Store Manager and Community Leader Dennis Bower said during the ceremony. “We’re here to help people get, stay and live well on a daily basis.”

These are the first two Walgreens stores in Washington County, with other nearby locations in Martinsburg, W.Va., Chambersburg, Pa., and Frederick, Md. The first Walgreens opened at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Halfway Boulevard on March 29.

Bower, who worked as a store manager at a Walgreens in Middletown, Del., said after the ceremony that the area has been very “welcoming” to the two new stores.

Local and company officials were on hand for the grand opening at 1631 Dual Highway, as was the Herr’s Snack Food mascot Chipper the Chipmunk. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., presented certificates to Walgreens.

Hagerstown City Councilman Donald F. Munson, substituting for Mayor David S. Gysberts, read a special recognition proclamation issued by the city, mentioning that the Walgreens stores have created 20 full-time jobs in Hagerstown and calling the store on Dual Highway “a great use of this corner.”

“Walgreens has made a significant investment in Hagerstown,” he said.

Munson said after the ceremony that the opening of the two new stores “creates a certain excitement” in the area.

“It shows a lot of confidence in us, and it shows that they think that there’s a good future in Hagerstown and Washington County,” he said.

The Walgreens on Dual Highway has a total of 15 full- and part-time employees, Bower said.

He said customers have been going by the store daily to see when it would open.

“The amount of customers that have walked up on a daily basis leading up to the opening just waiting for the store to open and showing their support, and the turnout that we’ve had (Friday) with the community has just been fantastic,” he said after the ceremony.

Vivian Carroll of Hagerstown said that she used to go to Walgreens in Potomac, Md., and was “so excited” when she saw the signs showing that the store was coming to Hagerstown.

“The store is beautiful and in a nice location,” said Carroll, 70. “I came by here every day, and I was checking to see when it would open.”

Joann Burger of Hagerstown said she also stopped by the store periodically to see when it would open.

“It’s very open and convenient for me,” said Burger, 76.

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