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Walgreens' designs prove an upgrade for shoppers

Walgreens' designs prove an upgrade for shoppers

Not long ago, you always knew where to find a Walgreens — at the corner of happy and homely. Walgreens' banal, cookie-cutter buildings made one part of America indistinguishable from another. Inside were narrow, harshly-lit aisles piled high with merchandise. Squawking intercoms summoned you to the pharmacy. These days, the Deerfield-based drugstore giant is writing a more sophisticated design prescription: Its latest crop of stores has a crisp contemporary look that's airy, roomy, even occasionally playful. The fresh approach extends to exteriors, which are no longer drab and interchangeable. I wouldn't call it "drugstore chic," but let's give...