Drive thru were not set up just for seniors but for the convenience of mothers with children,ill customers, lazy people and people without make-up. However, this is a double sided sword; they buy less(less impulse purchases) when using the drive-thru. As far as the real estate--Walgreens demographics are great---give them a street and they'll put a pharmacy there---then "they will come". The desert is getting crowded--expansion to the the far west of Phoenix, and north of Phoenix and South of Phoenix and East of Phoenix--does that cover all directions. Scottsdale may be as big as Phoenix in ten years, so that area needs more Walgreen stores; but they are meeting great resistance. My suggestion to you would be to buy more real-estate and WAG. The population of Arizona is expected to be around 27 million by 2010. Where are we going to put all those people?
In Arizona, unlike most states, especially Scottsdale, neighborhoods are established like forts;they are walled in communities. A square mile may have 5-6 communities or more. It was one of these areas where Walgreens wanted to build a prototype store on a potentially powerful corner. It would have shared the area with an office complex. The citizens orchestrated a mass neeting in the city council to ban the business site from commercial--probably OSCO was in no small part involved. Scottsdale also limits flashy lights along traffic areas/ They also have limited growth legislation pending .
If Arizona grows that big that fast Phoenix will be bigger than Tokyo, that's a growth factor of 5 or 6 times (minimunm) in 11 years. If Phoenix and Scottsdale both add to 2.7 million it's almost a doubling. JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. GET REAL. GO WAG!
Judging by the auto licenses turned in from other states the order of growth shows; 1)California; 2)Illinois; 3)New York; 4)Minnesota, etc. . etc. One more flood in the mid-west or tornado in the pan-handle or even hurricane in Florida-Puff---one million more residents. Try finding a table at a good restaurant or seat in a theater; better yet see what kind of a discount a home builder will give you. The figure isn't mine; it was issued by the State of Arizona.