Walgreens to Reveal Details on New Windsor Terrace Store

By Leslie Albrecht on February 15, 2013 8:11am 

WINDSOR TERRACE — Nearly seven months after the neighborhood's only grocery store closed, Windsor Terrace locals will finally get details on what's replacing it.

At a public meeting next week, representatives from Walgreens will unveil plans for a new store that will replace the Key Food at 589 Prospect Ave., which closed in the summer of 2012, leaving the neighborhood without a convenient source of fresh food.

Officials from the national drugstore chain are expected to reveal drawings of the new store, introduce its managers, and field questions from locals at the meeting, according to an announcement from State Assemblyman Jim Brennan.

At the top of the list of queries will likely be what, if any, fresh foods and produce Walgreens will stock. Neighbors mounted a passionate campaign against Walgreens' move to the neighborhood, calling for a boycott of the store if it doesn't stock fruits, veggies and meat.

Windsor Terrace resident Steve LeVine said he's hopeful that Walgreens will respond to community concerns, perhaps by sharing the building with a grocery store. If not, some neighbors have vowed not to shop at the store, he said.

"The hope is still that there will be at least a full service market, similar to the Key Food that was there," LeVine said. "If it's just a few things here and there, that's not going to be acceptable. It's got to be fresh meat, fresh produce, not just the the pre-packaged stuff."

The meeting with Walgreens representatives is scheduled for Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Shepherd's Hall in Holy Name Church, 245 Prospect Park West.

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