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Public Reacts to Possible Walgreens on Broadway -- Mikayla Lewis

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Music, honkeytonks, drinks and Nashville flare are what most like about Downtown Broadway.

Resident, Jessie Poe says, "I just get excited by the downtown atmosphere."

Some aren't excited about the possibility of a new businesses coming to Broadway and Third Avenue ... After hearing Walgreens might move in the currently Trail West Boot Store building owned by Ed Smith.


Brenda Sanderson says, " I don't even understand why they would want to come to this area that is filled with honky tonks, live music, a lot of people just having a good time and partying and it just doesn't seem to fit in with what their business plan is."


Brenda Sanderson and her family own  The Stage, Legends and several other well-known downtown bars. Sanderson is also part of the Downtown District Merchants Association. She says with a Walgreen's already near Printers Alley there is no need for it.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau agrees...

Andrea Arnold with the CVC says, "Our interest of course is protecting what makes Nashville authentic and unique. A big chain drug store just doesn't do it. It's a bit a scratch in the record for what we already have going on down there."

Rod, a tourist says, " I don't think we need chain stores moving in ruining the ambience of Broadway street."

Some tourists and residents are all about convenience.

Local, Jessie Poe says, "It would be really helpful for me today to be able to drop off my prescription at Walgreen's, make a round, grab a beer or two but get back and make sure I have my medications in my bag before the night goes on and I end up somewhere that probably shouldn't be."


Former American idol--Danny Gokey and his wife found a unique compromise for a Walgreen's on Broadway, trying keeping the Nashville aesthetic.


Danny and Leyicet Gokey say, " I think if people want to go to Walgreen's really bad they wouldn't be down here to begin with....unless you want a wild wild west Walgreen's... in which hey it could be unique to Nashville, the country Walgreen's...you never know..."

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