Last year, Walgreens closed their location at 1155 N. Ninth Street in Springfield, but a new location is now getting ready to open just a few blocks away. However, the new store, which will be located at 1150 N. Fifth Street in the Near North Crossing shopping center, is not a traditional Walgreens.

Known as a Walgreens Community Pharmacy, these specialty pharmacies are designed to provide medications for complex, chronic or rare conditions. The pharmacists are specially trained to answer questions regarding medications used to treat HIV, cancer, fertility issues and hepatitis C, among others.

Near North Crossing, LLC obtained a commercial remodel permit for renovating tenant space; the project is valued at $150,000. The general contractor is Blanton Construction, Inc. of St. Peters, Missouri.