When you walk into a Walgreens, what's the first thing you look for?
If you answered, "a $2,000 bottle of luxury wine," you're in luck: San Francisco's very first "mega-Walgreens" is nearly complete.
The store, situated on the corner of Powell and O'Farrell Streets and once deemed one of the city's five worst Walgreens by SFist, has been undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover since last summer. The new and improved retail emporium stands two stories tall and will offer 18,000 square feet of all your standard drugstore needs.
Especially if standard drugstore needs includes an entire aisle devoted to Ghirardelli chocolates, a smoothie bar and a private consultation room alongside the pharmacy.
The San Francisco outpost is part of Walgreens' national effort to rebrand itself as a higher-end shopping experience. The flagship megastore in Chicago, for example, boasts a sushi bar and an eyebrow tweezing counter.
But if Walgreens can do it, why can't anyone else? We've compiled a list of other local institutions we wish would "mega" themselves: