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Old December 15th, 2006, 02:15 AM
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As far as I can remember Tower Records Keeaumoku has been there since at least 1980 or 1981. And yes, this was when they really sold a lot of vinyl records... LPs and 45s. CDs did not arrive in a big way until around 1985.

Odyssey Records occupied the Keeaumoku St. location where Tower is/was in the late 1970s. That was another chain store which also went belly-up. What was there before is unknown to me.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:12 PM
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Something I'm wondering about is why did Wallgreen's pick the old Tower site? Why not the car dealership right around the corner? That place is vacant. You could plop down most any size store and still have parking.
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Old December 16th, 2006, 07:24 PM
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Something I'm wondering about is why did Wallgreen's pick the old Tower site? Why not the car dealership right around the corner? That place is vacant. You could plop down most any size store and still have parking.
Maybe the landlord of the Tower's site gave a better deal? Maybe Walgreen's felt the site gives more exposure since it sits right at the intersection? And it is a tad closer to the residential apts by Don Quiote.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 09:38 PM
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For those of you wondering what Walgreens is about or has to offer, here is a little info:

I have worked for Longs in Hawaii (as a former kamaaina 4 years ago) and I am now an assistant manager for Walgreens. Though I might hate my job (b/c of the awkward hours and other things) at times, especially during the holiday season, I feel that Walgreens is a great company to work for and though they will start relatively slowly in the Hawaii market, they will expand very quickly. The culture within the company expects it. To provide some perspective, Walgreens has opened more than 2,000 stores since 2002; more than 550 in 2005. That's one store opening on average every 17 hours or so. Because of the rapid expansion, Walgreens is one of the top three employers of college graduates in the US (into management). They need people to work in their stores and the jobs they provide are honorable and pay fairly well.

One of the reasons I believe Walgreens will do well in the 808 state is that they are starting out on one of the busiest corners in the state and will show that they are not afraid of Walmart, muchless lowly Longs. On the flipside, when I was working for Longs at the Ala Moana store (busiest in the chain at the time), the store manager was freaking out because Walmart had just purchased the land on Keeamoku where they now reside. He must be pacing in his office these days with all the news of Walgreens coming to his neck of the woods. Another reason to anticipate success for "The Pharmacy America Trusts" is that they will have drive-thru Rx at many of their locations.

The main reason, though for the success of the Walgreens chain is the committment to outstanding customer service that is ingrained into every employee even if it means losing a little money once in a while. While employed with Longs, productivity was the mantra while customer service was a passtime that would only be practiced half-heartedly in between the many tasks at hand.

Walgreens is going to come. Walgreens is going to stay. And, just accept it, Walgreens is going to thrive.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 03:07 AM
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Something I'm wondering about is why did Wallgreen's pick the old Tower site? Why not the car dealership right around the corner? That place is vacant. You could plop down most any size store and still have parking.

I read that ALL of the Tower Locations was going to be turned over to the folks at Walgreens when they go buh bye. So whether or not if there is already an exisiting one they sprout left and right like ABC Stores. One on every block I MEAN they seem like they are on every block.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 08:56 AM
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So is Walgreens like the Mesa/Go airlines of the pharmacy industry? Are they predatory (intend to drive Longs' out of business) or will they be fair neighbors/competitors?
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So is Walgreens like the Mesa/Go airlines of the pharmacy industry? Are they predatory (intend to drive Longs' out of business) or will they be fair neighbors/competitors?
As I said before, Walgreens is very aggressive. They don't care if there are other retail pharmacies in the neighborhood, possibly even on the same block. Places like Longs will always have customers, but they are more of a niche player than Walgreens. For one thing, Walgreens doesn't sell booze (at least the ones I go to don't). One of the Longs Stores here (the only one that carried Hawai'i stuff like Zippy chili) went out of business, though.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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So is Walgreens like the Mesa/Go airlines of the pharmacy industry? Are they predatory (intend to drive Longs' out of business) or will they be fair neighbors/competitors?
I don't think they are like Mesa/go!. I haven't heard of them violating any rules of conduct. They just like to expand the way ABC stores do around Waikiki. And they employ concepts like 24hr pharmacies and drive-thru pharmacies to win people over.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 01:30 PM
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I don't know about the drive thru but a 24 hour pharmacy at the old Tower by Kapiolani Blvd might be what is needed for it to survive there since Longs at Ala Moana is not a 24 hour operation and while the Don Quoite and Wal-Mart stores are open 24 hours, their pharmacies are not.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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I still say if Walgreens would take over Food Pantry in Waikiki that would be a major hurdle for them because the tourists would love it being so close to the hotels and having something very familiar to them but it would take out the only major grocery store in Waikiki.

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Old December 19th, 2006, 04:41 PM
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Was thinking about this and just realize a tidbit. Not all the Walgreens on every corner on the mainland is a full fledged store/pharmacy. There are a few that are strictly just 24hr pharmacies with a drive thru. So perhaps the soon-to-be Walgreens on the old Tower site across from Ala Moana could perhaps be just a 24hr pharmacy with drive thru, drive thru portion being where the old Tower Video location is. This is just a maybe but then again, that could make sense, not competing with Walmart or Longs for the general goods, just the pharmacy.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:48 AM
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The pharmacny war is ramping up...

Longs Buys Gulick Pharmacy, expands


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Longs' 32nd location in the islands comes as Deerfield, Ill.-based drug retailer Walgreen Co. prepares to enter the market with two locations -- one on Keeaumoku Street in Honolulu and one in Kaneohe.
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The pharmacny war is ramping up...

Longs Buys Gulick Pharmacy, expands
Now you're going to have Walgreens stores popping up all over the place like toadstools after a heavy rain! The best thing about some of them is that they are open 24x7, which is great for emergencies. I don't think Longs will be able to compete with Walgreens on the same level because Walgreens is way way bigger as a national chain.

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Old December 21st, 2006, 12:08 AM
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only 1550 or so of the 5500 stores nationwide are 24-hour operations. the one next to ala moana probably will be so that it can optimize the heavy traffic that flows through the area. does anyone know if they will be redoing the structure of the building to make it look more like a prototypical walgreens (entrance on one corner, with the Rx opposite the entrance) or will they just move in as it is?
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Old January 14th, 2007, 05:28 PM
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The Advertiser this morning published a comparison between Longs and Walgreens. Besides prices, it appears that many of the consumers polled by the Advertiser also look at convenience of location as a primary factor in their decision. Longs appears to have the advantage in that arena, as there are Longs Drugs pretty much everywhere in Hawai'i, and according to the story, the average Longs is larger (and therefore able to carry more items) than the average Walgreens.

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I DONT THINK WALGREEN IS TRYING TO COMPETE W/ LONGS DRUG HERE. IMHO, THEIR MAIN COMPETETION IS WALMART FOR THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM. AS A MEDICARE RECIPIENT AND AN ENROLLEE TO THE GENERIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM, I WAS ABLE TO GET GENERIC DRUGS AT $5 /MONTH AT WALGREEN BUT NONGENERIC DRUGS WERE
$63/MONTH. NOW MULTIPLY THAT AMT TO RETIRED PEOPLE WHO GENERALLY TAKE 5-10 PILLS OR MORE DAILY....WALMART HAS ENTERED INTO THIS PROGRAM TO COMPETE W/ WALGREEN ASKING FOR ONLY $4/MONTH FOR GENERIC DRUGS.i THINK THEY CAN GIVE GENERIC DRUGS FOR FREE AND STILL MAKE A PROFIT BECAUSE THE "HOLE OF THE DOUGHTNUT" LIST OF EXPENSIVE NON APPROVED NON GENERIC DRUGS IS QUITE LARGE.....
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whoa whats wit all da CAPS?


FOLLOW UP!


http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/ap...NEWS/706150370


A total of "4" locations of Walgreens planned to be openning/scheduled to be on OAHU!
Walgreens is awright here where I am at but SHEESH!
One in each city? It's like the ABC STORES and STARBUCKS!
One on each block.. LOL
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I have mixed feelings about the Kalihi location. I think a store like this in a location like this is a good thing for the neighborhood. It may especially be good if it gives Longs something to think about. I love me my Longs, but the Kam Bowl location is just slightly more convenient, and if the parking's good, it'll be a bit more than just slightly more convenient.

I have not been to a Walgreen's in ages, and the one I last went to was a very small store, so I don't know what to expect from this new store in my 'hood. I do think it would be great if, in addition to just retail space, it provided some space for hanging out. That bowling alley was a social center of my community—a place I'd almost certainly run into people I knew or at least recognized. Some kind of snack bar or coffee shop or SOMEthing would be most welcome. Now that TCBY has left Kam Shopping Center, maybe a little ice cream stand would work. When I got my sweet tooth on, I want something cold and creamy.
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About Kalihi, why not take over the location where Grocery Outlet and GEM used to be?
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About Kalihi, why not take over the location where Grocery Outlet and GEM used to be?
Nobody lives near there. Well, not NOBODY, but that's not right in a neighborhood like the Kam Bowl site. Right? And there wouldn't be a drive-through.
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i started a thread on the article itself. if you want to reply to it go to the bottom of the article.
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Nobody lives near there. Well, not NOBODY, but that's not right in a neighborhood like the Kam Bowl site. Right? And there wouldn't be a drive-through.
No, but it is close to what once was a bowling alley across the street. Is a drive-through a necessary component for every Walgreens stores? I'd be happy if they open 24 hours. Is there a walk-through for those without a car, or offer curbside assistance for City Bus riders?
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No, but it is close to what once was a bowling alley across the street. Is a drive-through a necessary component for every Walgreens stores? I'd be happy if they open 24 hours. Is there a walk-through for those without a car, or offer curbside assistance for City Bus riders?


Some of the Walgreens locations do have drive thru for PHARMACY that is.
The set up reminds me of a Bank.

And there are a few of em that operates 24 hours
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No, but it is close to what once was a bowling alley across the street. Is a drive-through a necessary component for every Walgreens stores? I'd be happy if they open 24 hours. Is there a walk-through for those without a car, or offer curbside assistance for City Bus riders?
The 24 hr Walgreens tend to be the ones with the drive-thru as they close the storefront after a certain hour to be safe. I don't know if one can simply conduct business at the drive-thru window by walking-up. Maybe? But ultimately, I understand the need to operate behind a security window and metal drawer after hours. There are thieves who target these stores not for the cash but for the drugs. It's happened a few times on the mainland.
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"don't need it. don't want it. we can only slice up the pie so many times, then our land is covered by only bigbox multinational corporate chain stores and our towns resemble just another ugly generic city in the valley."
Quote from earlier in this thread.

As usual, I tired of reading through the thread but found a few nuggets to contribute. **I apologize for my absence these last few month - I have temporarily returned to the mainland and everytime I visit anything or see anything Hawaii related, I am just saddened, but alas I will return within the next 12 months.***

I read this quote and thought to myself . . . . the only word that really stood out for me was multinational - isn't that the true beauty of Hawai'i? How, for the most part, people from every corner of the globe have found a way to coexist in harmony? Just a thought.

In another part of this thread, someone brought up the scourge that is Walmart. I often wonder what it is about Walmart that people dislike so much. Is it because poor or smart people can shop there and save money? I am yet to meet anyone who is not a fan of conserving their own funds. Don't get me wrong, I understand that Walmart has created an economic environment that has driven production out to the USA and I can't say that I'm fan of that. But I also can't say that I'm not a fan - shouldn't everyone have an opportunity to earn a living? Isn't that what capitalism is all about? Anyone who wants to justify spending money at one corporate entity over another should really do their homework. Look at Walmart's true profits - about 3%. Yet they stay in business and pass the savings on to the consumers.

Who knows what is really right - I sure won't claim to know that. At least we live in a free country where we can have situations to discuss and the ability to discuss them.

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