Walgreens: Don’t turn Windsor Terrace into a Food Desert
  • Petitioned Gregory D. Wasson

This petition was delivered to:

President and CEO, Walgreen Co.
Gregory D. Wasson
Executive Vice President, Walgreen Co.
Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
Chief Customer Experience Officer, Walgreen Co.
Graham W. Atkinson
Senior Vice President of Accounting, Walgreen Co.
Mia Scholz
Chief Strategy Officer, Walgreen Co.
Bob Zimmerman
Divisional Vice President -- Corporate Communications at Walgreens
Michael Polzin
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Walgreen Co.
J. Randolph Lewis
Market Vice President for New York, Walgreen Co.
Skip Bourdo
President of Community Management, Walgreen Co.
Mark A. Wagner
Chief Financial Officer, Walgreen Co.
Wade D. Miquelon
Senior Vice President, Walgreen Co.
Jeffrey Berkowitz
Chief Information Officer, Walgreen Co.
Timothy J. Theriault

Walgreens: Don’t turn Windsor Terrace into a Food Desert

    1. Leonora Stein
    2. Petition by

      Leonora Stein

      Brooklyn, NY

My name is Leonora Stein. I’ve lived in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn since 1994 and opened a small independent bookstore, Babbo's Books, here in 2006.

Windsor Terrace is a unique and tight-knit community with many long-time residents. I've always felt that our neighborhood had pretty much everything you needed: a movie theater, restaurants, corner stores, drug stores, and, of course, a supermarket.

But recently, with no warning to our community, the property owner at our only local supermarket, Key Food, closed the store and signed a long-term lease with the national drug store chain Walgreens.

My neighbors and I were shocked to see our only supermarket closed so quickly and to learn that Walgreens intends to replace it with a drug store.

What is a neighborhood without a supermarket?

Walgreens claims they will offer “expanded food offerings,” but the store they are planning would not include meats, fish, a bakery, or many other items that Windsor Terrace residents need from a grocery store. Less than one-third of the small store would be devoted to food items.

Windsor Terrace has many elderly residents and residents without cars who are particularly hurt by the closing of Key Food. How are they supposed to get the food they need?

As soon as my neighbors and I heard this troubling news we started working with our local elected officials to engage in a dialogue with Walgreens executives to see what could be done. On June 27th, we met with executives from Walgreens and made the following requests:

- Please consider terminating your lease with the property owner. We do not need a chain drug store in Windsor Terrace; we need a full-service supermarket.

- If you insist on taking possession, please work with the property owner to reach an agreement that would expand the building and allow both a Walgreens and a full-service supermarket on the site.

Walgreens rejected both of our requests.

My neighbors and I are not giving up on this fight. We have created a neighborhood group called Green Beans not Walgreens (www.greenbeansnotwalgreens.org) to help us organize and communicate with our neighbors and supporters.

Here is what we are doing:

-We are calling on all of our neighbors to sign a pledge to boycott the proposed Walgreens drug store in Windsor Terrace if Walgreens continues to refuse to consider our requests.*

-We are calling on all concerned to sign this petition as a pledge of support for our boycott, and to let Walgreens know that they can’t ignore the needs of the communities they do business in.

-We will continue our protest until Windsor Terrace has a full-service supermarket again.

What is happening in our community could happen anywhere. We need to send Walgreens a clear message:

If you ignore the needs of the communities you do business with, those communities will put you out of business.

Please sign our petition and encourage everyone you know to do the same,

Leonora Stein
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY

*Neighborhood residents should see www.greenbeansnotwalgreens.org for more information on signing a boycott pledge and for general updates on local efforts and events.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Community Meeting -- Tonight October 1st 7:00pm

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      Join fellow supporters, committee members, and elected officials for an update on our fight for a full service supermarket in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.


      It is essential that we continue to come together in person as a community to collectively plan our future actions and to show our resolve to win this fight.


      See you tonight!!


      Green Beans Not Walgreens Community Meeting
      Monday, October 1st 7:00pm
      Sheperd's Hall, Holy Name Church,
      245 Prospect Park West
      Brooklyn, NY 11215

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Official website

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      There's now an official website for this fight and all information will be available there:

    5. Petition update!

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all!
      We're at a milestone. With 1061 paper signatures and, at this moment, 966 online signatures we have a total of 2027. Tomorrow, I'm going to print out the online signatures, and we'll send a stack of paper to Walgreens.

      Boycott pledges are also being amassed. It is important for every Windsor Terrace resident or worker to sign one as well, if you believe in the cause. Boycott pledges are available at Jim Brennan's office (416 7th Ave) and also at Babbo's Books and the Hallmark store on Prospect Park West.

      The fight's only begun!

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Signature count update!

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      As of this moment, 2:58 pm on June 27, we have 1,385 signatures! 748 online and 637 on paper. That's in 12 days, folks. Let's show Walgreens we're serious and get 1500 in 2 weeks. Keep sending out the petition! And, if you can, come to the rally at Key Food on Thursday, the 28th, at 7pm!

    8. Signatures counted so far!

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      As of noon, June 20th, we have 378 paper signatures! That means that all together we have 914 signatures (there are 536 online right now). Nearly 1,000 in less than six days. That's amazing, guys.

      Keep sending the petition out there. The faster we gather a few thousand signatures, the better chance we have of stopping Walgreen in their tracks.

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Over 200 paper signatures collected yesterday!

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately, I didn't realize you had to collect people's email addresses to be counted on change.org so most of them won't be added to the online petition. But we'll be sending both to Walgreens so they'll get the message anyway.

      Also, a new website about the issue:

    11. We hit 100 signatures!

      Leonora Stein
      Petition Organizer

      We're on our way! (Don't worry, I won't update for every 100 signatures) Let's keep going! Send the petition to everyone you know in the area!

      Also, a couple of people will be standing outside Key Food today from 12pm til at least 4pm with paper petitions. If you'd like to help gather signatures, please come!

      Babbo's Books

    12. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Frank Fusco BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Always shopped there. Nearest supermarket with a PARKING LOT!

    • James Campbell BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I like my grocery store but I do not like corporations like Walgreens.

    • Colleen Capuano NAZARETH, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Even though I live in PA now, Windsor Terrace is and always will be my heart. I care about this neighborhood and its residents.

    • Chami Perera DOBBS FERRY, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am moving to the area.

    • Daniel Reiser BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We live in Windsor Terrace and cant get the groceries we need. We need a grocery store in our neighborhood


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