NEW ORLEANS, LA – March 21, 2013 – Stirling Properties is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new full-service, Walgreens drugstore in New Orleans on historic Magazine Street. The new Walgreens is a full renovation of the former American Legion building located at 5518 Magazine Street. The 13,000 square-foot marquee store will have a drive-thru window, full-service pharmacy and a Look Boutique that will specialize in high-end cosmetics. The store will open at 8 a.m. Friday, March 22 with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at 10 a.m.
The site is the original home of the Ed Brauner American Legion Post #307 and portions of the building date back to 1947. The design of the new building was achieved after numerous meetings with our design team, local retailers, area residents and the City of New Orleans. The front and rear facades of the building were replaced and the interior fully demolished. The new design features large windows to showcase the building’s interior, a pedestrian entrance on Magazine Street, and a rear parking lot with a drive-thru window. To pay homage to war veterans and the building’s former use as a meeting spot for them, several American Legion images and symbols were incorporated into the new design.
“This adaptive reuse project represents a true cooperative effort between Stirling Properties, Walgreens, the City of New Orleans, local retailers, and surrounding neighborhoods. Without public input and citizen participation we could never have achieved this level of success. We are proud to bring a once distressed but historically significant property back to prominence once again”, said Peter Aamodt, Vice President of Development for Stirling Properties.
Stirling Properties has a long-standing relationship with the retailer. Construction is currently underway on two other Stirling Properties Walgreens developments located in Terrytown on the Westbank of New Orleans, and on Pass Road in Gulfport, Mississippi.