US-based pharmacy store chain Walgreens is planning to upgrade 108 repaired drugstores in Puerto Rico with expanded offerings.
The move by the retailer is in line with the completion of its drugstore recovery efforts in the island.
The expansion is expected to complete this year and will amount to $35m, including all the investment since last year’s hurricanes.
The investment will be used to upgrade all its drug stores in Puerto Rico. The drug stores will include patient health rooms, an expanded beauty offering and FedEx OnSite services.
Pharmacists will offer counseling and immunisation services at these new patient health rooms.
The retailer will expand its beauty products by offering brands such as No7, Botanics, Soap & Glory, and YourGoodSkin.
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The stores will also feature a new beauty consultation area to assist customers through specially trained beauty consultants.
Walgreens president Alex Gourlay said: “We are very excited to not only rebuild but continue to innovate in our stores by bringing new features and services to a community where we have provided trusted care for nearly 60 years.
“Our employees’ response in the community over the last year is the perfect example of what it means to work at Walgreens.
“Whether they were working to re-establish pharmacy services or going door-to-door to hand out bottled water, we could not be more proud of how our employees continued to care for the community.”
As part of its expansion plans, Walgreens has partnered with logistics major FedEx to offer its OnSite package pickup and drop off services at all Puerto Rico locations.
The retailer has re-opened its Toa Baja drugstore following the renovation, which marks the last of the reopened stores on the island.