Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Walgreens To Soon Stock the Ultimate Drug: Booze
By Chad Garrison
on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM
Then suddenly, a decade or so ago, Walgreens abruptly stopped selling booze. Rumor had it that the Mormon Church had purchased a large chunk of Walgreens stock and disapproved of the alcohol sales. (A Walgreen's spokesperson tells Fox 2 St. Louis that rumor isn't true
Whatever the case, Walgreen's is now back in the alcohol business. The Chicago-based retailer is applying for liquor licenses throughout St. Louis to sell beer and wine -- no hard alcohol.
The St. Louis County Council recently awarded licenses to five Walgreens
in unincorporated areas of the county.
The drug store is applying for
licenses in the city as well but may have a tougher time getting
approval. Dogtown alderman Bill Waterhouse
recently submitted a bill that would curb any new package liquor licenses
in his ward. The legislation seems aimed directly at stopping the
Walgreens at Manchester and McCausland from getting back in the booze
This blogger still recalls when Walgreens outlets in St. Louis had their own liquor departments separated from the main store with turnstiles to keep the kiddies out.