Friday, July 10, 2009
Wasilla Residents Can Buy Their OxyContin From Walgreens Instead Of From Sherry Johnston Effective July 12th; Two Anchorage Stores To Follow In August
Residents of the southern part of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in Alaska will get their first 24-hour pharmacy on July 12th when the long-awaited Walgreens opens up in Wasilla. The store will be part of the Target complex occupying what once was the Cottonwood Creek Mall, at the corner of the Parks Highway and the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.
According to the Walgreens website, the Wasilla store, along with two Anchorage locations that will open in August, will include products from local vendors, varying from coffee and moose nuggets to ulus and fishing supplies. All three Walgreens Alaska stores opening this summer will offer drive-thru pharmacies, as well as heated sidewalks, heated parking spaces for people with disabilities and heated aprons around the front doors. Many local Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage residents, including Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright and local legislators, will join the community in the grand opening celebration. Walgreens will present contributions totaling $5,000 to area charitable organizations.
The two Anchorage stores opening in August will be located at the corner of Northwood & Dimond, across from Fred Meyer in south Anchorage, and at Debarr & Creekside (near Muldoon) in east Anchorage. But these stores aren't "superstores" to the scale of Target or Wal-Mart; each Walgreens store will only employ about 30 to 40 people, including store managers, pharmacists and pharmacy staff, photo specialists, beauty advisers and service clerks. However, that's up to 120 people who might not have jobs otherwise, so we appreciate Walgreens' investment in our state.
Sherry Johnston (pictured above left), the mother of former Bristol Palin beau Levi Johnston, was indicted by a Palmer grand jury on six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance relating to possession and sale of the prescription painkiller OxyContin and arrested back on December 18th, 2009. In May, she agreed to a plea deal to a single felony count of possessing the prescription painkiller OxyContin with the intent to sell it, and will be sentenced on July 31st. While a felony conviction in Alaska automatically means jail time, Johnston is hoping for house arrest with an ankle monitor because she has chronic medical issues.