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Hillcrest Walgreens proposal is questioned

Response to the proposed Walgreens pharmacy renovation for the vacant medical building at 301 University Ave. in Hillcrest has been swift and intense, following a story published in San Diego Uptown News (SDUN) on Jan. 6. The article stated the building located across from Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill will become a Walgreens before the end of 2012.

With an initial response from Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls condemning the proposal, further insight into what is best for the business district in Hillcrest came into question.

“The HBA has a vision of an even mix of restaurant, boutique and art-based retail and professional services, such as lawyers and doctors,” Nicholls said. “I believe we have enough square footage in the neighborhood devoted to drug stores and grocery stores right now,” he said, adding, “we have too many of this type of large-chain drug store.”

Read the full story from Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.