Walgreen Co. will create 500 new jobs in the next three years and invest $75 million

BY SANDRA GUY Business Reporter sguy@suntimes.com August 3, 2012 2:14AM
Updated: August 3, 2012 2:25AM

“Walgreen Co. will create 500 new jobs in the next three years and invest $75 million to expand and renovate its far-flung offices in a deal that will give the drugstore giant $47 million in state tax credits for retaining 1,500 existing jobs, the company and Gov. Pat Quinn will announce Friday.

The 500 new jobs are corporate positions focusing on Walgreen’s high-growth divisions: online (walgreens.com), pharmacy and health and wellness.

Walgreen employs 5,000 at its Deerfield headquarters and surrounding offices, and houses its corporate workforce in 27 office buildings in Bannockburn, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Mount Prospect, Northbrook and Northlake.

The company will expand and renovate those offices to make it easier for employees to travel among the buildings.

Walgreen has signaled its growth by increasing the use of technology in its stores, letting shoppers download an app to view store maps so they can find products by aisle and section, and partnering with outside developers to add smartphone functions to Walgreens’ in-store photo printing services, for example.”