Walgreens began in 1901 as a small drug store in Chicago. Founder Charles R. Walgreen Senior saw demand for the shop and over the next 20 years expanded the store to 20 locations around the city. Prohibition helped propel the company through the 20s and the great depression due to the fact that prescription whiskey was available there for purchase, driving record sales. By 1930, the store had nearly 400 locations nationwide. Today, the company boasts over 8,000 locations, conducting much of the same business that made it successful from 1901.
Walgreens values honesty, trust, and integrity with customers and suppliers alike. The company also upholds quality by providing consistent and reliable products and services. Employees are encouraged to act in a compassionate, caring manner. And Walgreens seeks to build community at each and every location.
What makes Walgreens' unique?
Walgreens was one of the first drug stores to market malted milkshakes, which became wildly popular throughout the 1940s and 50s. In fact, the company claims to have solely caused its popularity.