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Fancy Walgreens Opening at Sunset & Vine Will Have FroYo, Sushi, Fine Wines & More

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If you were at all concerned over the past few months as the massive Borders bookstore at the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood sat sadly vacant, fear not: Something even bigger in scope--if not size--is coming. Yes, a Walgreens is going into the space, but this "flagship" West Coast store is not only the chain's 8,000th location, but also what they're calling a "high-end" Walgreens experience.

In addition to stocking tampons, Tylenol, shampoo, and greeting cards, this Walgreens will stock high-end beauty products, offer a brow-shaping bar, and feature a "state-of-the-art" expanded pharmacy, according to Walgreens.

But beyond sundries and medication, the store is going to have some stuff you don't ever see in a drugstore: A juice and smoothie bar; hand-rolled sushi and fresh sashimi; a barista-staffed cafe; self-serve frozen yogurt (and toppings); artisan cheese, meats, and chocolate; over 700 fine wines; a "beverage-pairing" kiosk; and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine dispensing 130 varieties of Coca Cola fountain drinks. (Maybe you can see if you can sneak the latter into the Arclight movie theatres across the street to sweeten your fancy movie-going experience. Not that we endorse such trickery and rule violation, mind you.)

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said:

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“I’m very proud that Walgreens has chosen Los Angeles for its milestone 8,000th store, and is providing Hollywood residents with more access to pharmacy, health and wellness services. This flagship location brings not only a unique retail offering to this community, but also additional jobs and economic investment that help build a vibrant neighborhood.”

Lucky for us, this 24-hour mega Walgreens opens up Saturday December 1 at 10 a.m.