Walgreens, 1901

TLW's Pharmacyscope™ (Pharmacy Historyscope)

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Original Pub. Date: Feb. 8, 2016. Last Update: Feb. 8, 2016.

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Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to pharmacy history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

Charles Rudolph Walgreen Sr. (1873-1939) Walgreens, 1901

In 1901 Charles Rudolph Walgreen Sr. (1873-1939) of Chicago, Ill. founds Walgreen drug store, growing to 20 stores by 1919, benefitting from Prohibition (1920-33) by selling prescription whiskey stocked under the counter, growing to 44 stores by 1925 with $1.2M yearly sales, expanding into Minn., Mo., and Wisc.; by 1930 they ahve 397 stores doing $4M yearly, growing to 601 stores in 30 states by 1934; in Oct. 2007 they open their 6,000th store in New Orleans, La.

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