Walgreens progresses in Hoboken…

1/19/2011 Update:

Walgreens set to open in Hoboken

The shelves are being stocked as the downtown Walgreens gets ready to open in Hoboken.

This is great news for the ladies, because look at all the great Valentine’s Day merchandise they have!

PS – Walgreens is hiring as well. Go to www.walgreens.com/jobs for more info.

SEE ORIGINAL HOBOKEN411 UPDATES AFTER THE JUMP…

8/2/2010 Update:

Walgreens getting close to opening in the Mile Square

Sign hangers were in action this afternoon at the soon-to-open Walgreens at First and Washington. The new signage approved by the Historic Preservation Commission is design to work with the lines of the old bank building. A lot of effort has gone into re-purposing the bank inside and out. After the jump see the architect’s plans for the transformation, and how Hoboken411 broke the news that CVS was getting major competition.

Will you change your downtown drugstore habits when Walgreens opens? Do you love CVS so much you will continue to run the gauntlet of beggars and cake tourists just for the thrill of checking yourself out on the self-serve machines? Comment below!

3/22/2010 Update:

Walgreens moving along on Washington St.

Work continues on the old bank building that Hoboken411 told you first would become a Walgreens. While the non-union labor continues to prepare the old bank for it’s new life, here’s an exclusive look at what you’ll see when the project is complete. The antique bank partitions will be stored in the basement. New lighting will be installed to illuminate rows of health and beauty aids, paper goods, greeting cards and everything else you’d expect to find there.

Are the days numbered for your old friend CVS a block away?

7/29/2009:

Say sayonara to CVS if this happens!

Walgreens wants to open a new store in downtown Hoboken. The nationwide drug/convenience store chain has its eye on moving into the historic bank structure on the northeast corner of First and Washington. TD BankNorth closed the branch after buying Commerce Bank and deciding they didn’t need two branches within two blocks of each other.

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Walgreens is presenting plans to the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission that include keeping the building intact. The store will fill the existing floor space inside and the parking lot will remain to serve customers.

The Walgreens plan is a reprieve for the bank building that has stood since 1929. Not long ago the City Council rejected Dave Roberts proposal to turn most of that block – including the Police Headquarters and Bank of America branch on Second and Hudson – into a Redevelopment Area. Roberts wanted to up-zone the block for high rise buildings so he could sell the Police HQ quickly to fill his budget gap.

Would you welcome Walgreens to Hoboken?

53 Responses

  1. hobokendave says:

    let the price wars begin! will benefit our wallets until one goes down!

  2. xyzpdq says:

    I’m glad a great old building is getting a new lease on life. I just hope they don’t damage the ceiling too much with those new hanging light fixtures. I think CVS and Walgreens can coexist just like they do in every other town in America. It’s the little guys that get squeezed here.

  3. NickAdams says:

    Does anyone know if the bus stop was removed because of this Walgreen’s? I didn’t study the plans closely enough to see if removing the bus stop was in the plans. If it is, I’m sure it’s buried in small print.

    Does anyone care that the bus stop was removed?

  4. NickAdams says:

    Does anyone know why the bus stop at First and Washington was removed?

  5. NickAdams says:

    Well, since no one cares about this bus stop, then I assume no one will care if ALL bus stops in Hoboken are removed. So let’s remove them all. Does no one find it odd that just one bus stop was removed? In front of a store that is newly opening?

  6. prag says:

    I would have rather had an Apple retail store. Realistic? Probably not but it would be cool.

  7. greentea says:

    I wanted a Turkish bath house. Well, a girl can dream.

  8. hoboken381 says:

    No real need for Walgreens in town. CVS and Rite Aid have that covered. That location could have been used for something that we really need. Maybe a Trader Joe’s as many have mentioned or how about something like a Cheese Cake Factory? I think that would have been a great location. Let’s just home the the former Barnes and Noble location landlord thinks with his head and not his wallet when he finally finds a tenant for that location.

    • Furey says:

      I heard Applebee’s was looking into (part of) the Barnes and Nobles location. They are trying to get a liquor license for it to make the deal happen.[quote comment=”194134″]No real need for Walgreens in town. CVS and Rite Aid have that covered. That location could have been used for something that we really need. Maybe a Trader Joe’s as many have mentioned or how about something like a Cheese Cake Factory? I think that would have been a great location. Let’s just home the the former Barnes and Noble location landlord thinks with his head and not his wallet when he finally finds a tenant for that location.[/quote]

  9. madhatter says:

    Instead of worrying about the new Walgreens that will be opening…how about taking a look at some important stuff…like the fact that the Mayor wants to layoff and demote officers! If you are really concerned about Walgreens—think about how there will be fewer officers to respond to the shoplifters that will steal from there justlike they do at CVS down the block…we all need to come together as a community and protect our public safety!!!!

  10. HobokenLifer says:

    Its about time that we saw the HPD respond to all the lies that this administartion puts out about it. I hope this is only the start. Its utterly insane that a Mayor would cut public safety during tough economic times. At least all those make believe positions that Dawn talks about can leave their desks and respond around the corner to the Walgreens for the shoplifters. 18 less cops = the same when you do Dawn’s math. And people, you read it today and you can go confirm for yourself, only 4 of the demotees work inside the police headquarters, not the 19 that the administration states.

    • mlumz says:

      Walgreens has been great compared to CVS. Great customer service, stuff is in-stock and the place is nice and new.[quote comment=”195358″]Its about time that we saw the HPD respond to all the lies that this administartion puts out about it. I hope this is only the start. Its utterly insane that a Mayor would cut public safety during tough economic times. At least all those make believe positions that Dawn talks about can leave their desks and respond around the corner to the Walgreens for the shoplifters. 18 less cops = the same when you do Dawn’s math. And people, you read it today and you can go confirm for yourself, only 4 of the demotees work inside the police headquarters, not the 19 that the administration states.[/quote]

  11. hobokendave says:

    Well CVS will have to step up. The recent conversion to “self checkouts” in CVS stores has been a pain. The set up at the downtown Hoboken location is poorly arranged. The bagging station on the self checkouts, regularly gets the weights wrong and you have to weight…and you can’t use them if you are buying more than can fit into one bag.

    But the Walgreen’s will be smaller than CVS…until they build an addition on the parking lot.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      The early mornings are especially bad at cvs and Newark. Nobody is behind the counters when these self checkouts bug out, and when the store help does appear she acts like “who are you to disturb my nap”? Looking forward to a change at Walgreens. When competition is announced, it makes them take a good look at themselves. Everyone benefits.[quote comment=”195374″]Well CVS will have to step up. The recent conversion to “self checkouts” in CVS stores has been a pain. The set up at the downtown Hoboken location is poorly arranged. The bagging station on the self checkouts, regularly gets the weights wrong and you have to weight…and you can’t use them if you are buying more than can fit into one bag.But the Walgreen’s will be smaller than CVS…until they build an addition on the parking lot.[/quote]

    • okronbon says:

      and you can’t use them if you are buying more than can fit into one bag.

      Actually you can take your bag off between scanning and start a new bag…[quote comment=”195374″]Well CVS will have to step up. The recent conversion to “self checkouts” in CVS stores has been a pain. The set up at the downtown Hoboken location is poorly arranged. The bagging station on the self checkouts, regularly gets the weights wrong and you have to weight…and you can’t use them if you are buying more than can fit into one bag.But the Walgreen’s will be smaller than CVS…until they build an addition on the parking lot.[/quote]

  12. prag says:

    The competition will be great. CVS could stand to lower prices a bit.

  13. homeworld says:

    It’s a shame those beautiful chandeliers were removed.

    • whineanddineinhob says:

      I was wondering the same thing myself. The building itself was classified historic so wouldn’t that include some or any of it’s interior? What about that beautiful vault in the basement. I remember that from being a kid. If I acted up in the bank, my mom would tell me the electric chair was down there. LMAO.[quote comment=”195372″]It’s a shame those beautiful chandeliers were removed.[/quote]

    • chrisjur says:

      I was saying the other day that I was impressed with exterior renovation…I think they’ve done a great job. But it’s a shame if they got rid of those chandeliers…they were great. [quote comment=”195372″]It’s a shame those beautiful chandeliers were removed.[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        Passed by their early this morning and all the interior scaffolding was removed. Those beautiful chandeliers were all lit and hanging from the ceilings.[quote comment=”195461″]I was saying the other day that I was impressed with exterior renovation…I think they’ve done a great job. But it’s a shame if they got rid of those chandeliers…they were great.

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  14. prag says:

    Any idea when this is due to open?

  15. mooshu says:

    “This is great news for the ladies, because look at all the great Valentine’s Day merchandise they have!”

    Perry, ha ha ha ha!

  16. kernal2001 says:

    Walgreens opened yesterday – Very nice inside, some good deals too!

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