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Walgreens History & Innovation

  • 1901 – Charles Walgreen opens his first namesake neighborhood store.
  • 1920s – Walgreens designs the open view pharmacy – still in use today.
  • 1922 – Walgreens invents the first malted milkshake
  • 1930 – Walgreens creates store-brand items, offering high quality and affordability during tenuous times.
  • 1950s – Walgreens introduces self-service drug stores.
  • 1981 – Pharmacy departments are connected via satellite, letting customers refill prescriptions at any Walgreens.
  • 1992 – The first drive-thru pharmacy opens.
  • 1999 – Walgreens.com launches, giving consumers the option to meet their health care needs at home.
  • 2007 – A new distribution center with state of the art technology is designed especially for employees with disabilities
  • 2010 – A new award-winning free app launches, with convenient features to easily refill prescriptions, print photos, view your local weekly ad and more
  • 2012 – In response to studies linking harmful chemicals to childhood disease, Walgreens launches Ology, toxin-free products.
  • 2014 – Walgreens and Boots Alliance is formed through the full combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots.
  • 2014 – Walgreens opens at a net zero energy store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes
  • 2016 – Walgreens Boots Alliance honored with United Nations Foundation Global Leadership Award for support for wellbeing around the world.

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