West Baton Rouge’s first Walgreens store held their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in Port Allen on Friday, May 31.
The new store received positive feedback from the community as some locals said they were pleased with the establishment’s presence.
“It’s good (for Walgreens) to expand in a small community and the pharmacy is in a convenient location so this greatly benefits the community,” said Justin Gray, who served refreshments at the event.
Scott Stein, Port Allen Walgreens manager, said the store’s opening is important for the community because of its convenience in location and services.
“The customers love that we’re here and they have been wanting us here,” said Stein.
Some members of the community echoed Stein’s sentiments, especially about the need for certain services.
Port Allen Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter said that the opening of the Walgreens encourages economic growth within the city as well.
“We’re happy to have them come in because it helps bring jobs,” said Mayor Slaughter.
Kathy Stuart, Executive Director of West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce who attended the store’s grand opening to show her support, said she was very proud that the chain chose to expand in Port Allen.
“The exterior is a new look and the aesthetics highlight this new establishment,” said Stuart.
Light refreshments were served throughout the day. The Port Allen Fire Department and the LifeShare Blood Drive were present as well to lend support for the opening.
The new store, located on N. Alexander Ave., between California and Florida avenues, was previously Port Allen Supermarket, which was torn down last year.