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Petitioning President and CEO, Walgreen Co. Gregory D. Wasson and 11 others
This petition will be 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

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.


Letter 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
and 9 others
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 has recently signed a long-term lease on the commercial property at 589 Prospect Ave in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, NY.

This property is the former site of Windsor Terrace’s only full-service supermarket, Key Food. As a result of this deal the residents of Windsor Terrace no longer have access to a full-service supermarket.

On June 27th, 2012, a group of Windsor Terrace residents and local elected officials met with executives from your company 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.

Your company rejected both of these requests at that meeting.

I am calling on you to reconsider your decision to ignore the requests of the Windsor Terrace community.

In addition, I am pledging my support for the residents’ proposed boycott of your store if you choose to continue to ignore their requests.

Walgreens should be helping to improve and build communities, not destroy them. I urge you to engage with the residents of Windsor Terrace to find a solution that restores access to affordable, high quality fresh food for all residents.

Sincerely,