Deerfield, Ill.

Not long ago, you always knew where to find a Walgreens — at the corner of happy and homely. Walgreens’ banal, cookie-cutter buildings made one part of America indistinguishable from another. Inside were narrow, harshly-lit aisles piled high with merchandise. Squawking intercoms summoned you to the pharmacy. These days, the Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore giant is writing a more sophisticated design prescription: Its latest crop of stores has a crisp contemporary look that's airy, roomy, even occasionally playful. The fresh approach extends to exteriors, which are no longer drab and interchangeable.

Deerfield, Ill. -- Walgreens on Wednesday reported June sales of $5.79 billion, an increase of 2.5% from the year-ago period. Total front-end sales increased 2.2% compared with the...

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