My church is on the virge of completing our new facility. We'll be moving next week, and indeed, already are to some degree.
Across the street from our current building, there's all sorts of new construction, and in passing by I asked my friend what was going in: "A Walgreens from what I understand."
My scoffing reation was that we already had 7 Walgreens around, see:
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Wikipedia says this:
"There are 6,179 Walgreens (as of January 31, 2008) in operation with a current goal to have 7,000 stores by 2010...In its current business model, new Walgreens locations are most commonly set up as freestanding locations at the corners of busy, intersecting streets -- literally making it a "corner drugstore"
Well that is exactly what they're doing. In fact two of the Walgreens very close to me are actually replacing existing walgreens that were located in a strip mall. Walgreens has bought property literally a stone's throw away from the current store, demolished an older building, and built a new store.
To me this seems sort of silly, especially when you see the big mess being made and the sign hanging up in the store window that says "We're moving" and they're really only moving about 70 yards.
So it got me thinking: I wonder if this is how some people feel about my church moving?
Is "Do we really need another Walgreens?" equivalent to "Do we really need another church?"