Walgreens goes before the Boston Licensing Board on Wednesday for permission to sell booze in the old Downtown Crossing Borders it's currently turning into a mega-drugstore.
The chain has applied for an "all alcohol" license which, if granted, would let it sell everything from beer and wine to gin and vodka. Walgreens has proposed turning 1,500 square feet of the store's mezzanine into a "liquor sale area."
Earlier this year, the chain announced plans for an upscale "emporium" in the former Borders that would include everything from a sushi bar to a hair salon.
If Walgreens does win a license, it would not be the first Boston drugstore to sell liquor. Melvin Pharmacy on Comm. Ave. in Brighton has sold liquor since Prohibition, when it won a license to sell liquor for medicinal purposes.