A Walgreens is coming to East Grand Forks sometime in the near future, although the exact date is still unknown.

The store is under construction at 1402 Central Ave. NE, just west of Casa Mexico. The location is the former site of Glitz Glam and Tan, which originally opened in 2013.

There are currently no national chain pharmacies in East Grand Forks, such as a Walgreens or CVS. However, there is one CVS in Grand Forks.

Paul Gorte, economic development director for East Grand Forks, is excited about the new pharmacy.

“We’re excited,” Gorte said. “It’s a very big deal. We’re pleased that they’re coming into our community.”

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While there are many Walgreens across Minnesota, there is only one in North Dakota in Fargo. North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law, has essentially forbidden chain pharmacies from operating in the state. The law states pharmacies must be owned at least 51% by a pharmacist. The only exceptions are hospitals and chain store pharmacies in North Dakota that are older than the law, which were grandfathered in. Walgreens was founded in 1901, but it has not had an operating pharmacy in North Dakota since before the law was enacted.

Walgreens representatives were unavailable for comment.