Walgreens is planning to open a new office in Chicago where it anticipates 1,800 people will be based.
The new office space will include approximately 200,000 square feet in The Old Post Office building, 433 W. Van Buren Street. The building allows Walgreens to increase its presence in Chicago, in order to meet the needs of its current and future workforce while continuing to attract and retain talent, the company said. The 1,800 people expected to work at the new space over time will include approximately 1,300 positions that will relocate to Chicago.
Walgreens Boots Alliance will remain headquartered in north suburban Deerfield, Illinois, where approximately 3,200 employees are expected to continue to work.
When renovations are complete, the new office space in The Old Post Office building will serve as an additional office location for Walgreens. Digital and IT operations employees supporting the Walgreens business, as well as some Walgreens Boots Alliance global IT personnel, will be located in the new office space.
The space expands the company’s Technology Center of Excellence launched last year that further combines the company’s retail pharmacy technology teams with digital, mobile and e-commerce teams who currently work in the city. As part of the new space, Walgreens will relocate its digital office currently in the Sullivan Center at 36 S. Wabash Ave. to The Old Post Office building.
Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens, said, “Investing in our infrastructure and building our digital and technical capabilities are essential elements of our business transformation strategy, as we work to improve access for our customers and enhance the customer experience. The space in the iconic Old Post Office building allows us to attract and retain the best talent from all of Chicagoland.”
The new office at The Old Post Office is anticipated to open in fall 2019.