Convenience stores often get a bad rap. They’re convenient, yes, but they’re also seen as the perpetrators of homogenization. Now one chain is breaking from the pack.
Walgreens, which is based in Deerfield, is adding “fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meats and fish, pasta, rice, beans, eggs, whole grain cereals and other healthy meal components” to ten Chicago stores. These locations were chosen because they’re in the heart of some of the city’s food deserts. These, as I learned on Charity Chat with Share Our Strength, are spots in crowded urban neighborhoods that have no access to healthy food options.
Six locations are offering the expanded selection now, with another four to follow suit by the end of the month.