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Walgreens is America's #1 pharmacy since 1901. With over 8,000 stores in the United States alone, Walgreens focus is on providing quality pharmaceuticals and friendly customer service at affordable prices.
Walgreens was founded by Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr., who started working for his father's Chicago drugstore in 1913. The company began with one store but continued growing through mergers and acquisitions.
By 1927, Walgreen had grown to 18 locations, so he opened a new flagship store in Chicago that would have everything under one roof: food market, drugstore, ice cream parlor and restaurant. His business continued growing throughout World War II when he decided to open up all night pharmacies with coffee shops attached called "Polks." The "Polks" were only open from 10 pm-6 am and eventually evolved into the Walgreens we know today.