Walgreens, an American retailer that operates as the second-largest pharmacy store, was founded in 1901. The chain has grown to more than 9,500 locations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also specializes in products and services such as filling prescriptions, health and wellness products, health information, and photo services. With excellent customer service and plentiful offerings it is easy to see why patients and customers alike continue to choose Walgreens as their go to pharmacy.

Hours and Locations

Most Walgreen chains have the same hours of operations opening at 8:00am and closing at 10:00pm Monday through Sunday. Even though most of the retail units operate by this schedule it is always best to research the closest location to you before paying a visit. It is also important to keep in mind regular operating times might differ on holidays like New Year's day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Black Friday.  Hours.com is often used by people who are trying to find out if “there is a Walgreens near me, that’s open today”.

Our retail locator will help you find both the location and hours of operation of any store. With more than 9,500  locations spread throughout the United States, it is nearly impossible to not be able to find a location throughout any state. This is especially true if you are visiting either California, Florida, New York, or Texas as each has over 680 locations.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Walgreens

Many people throughout the United States have either heard of or have visited a Walgreens. Some may have went to have a prescription filled and some may have stopped by while on vacation to pick up some sun screen. No matter the reason, the pharmacy chain is one of the most recognizable brands in the US. Even with its popularity there are still a few little known facts, like the 5 listed below:

  1. The chain sold prescription Whiskey under the counter during Prohibition times.
  2. The malted milkshake was invented in 1922 by the pharmacy giant.
  3. The original owner manufactured the drug products sold in the first store.
  4. Only after 25 years in business, the chain expanded to 100 locations.
  5. The first foreign property was purchased in 1946 in Mexico.

Products & Services

While Walgreens is known for being a one-stop-shop for all your pharmacy needs they do have a wide array of other products and offerings. The chain does offer prescriptions drugs and refills, but they also sell contact lenses, beauty supplies, diet and fitness products, medical supplies and equipment, natural products, sexual wellness, personal care, and grocery items. As it shows, it easy to find anything at Walgreens if you need it quick.

A Brief History

The beginnings of Walgreens can be traced back to 1901 when the company opened a single drug store location in Chicago, IL. It didn’t take long before the chain exploded as there were over 20 stores throughout Illinois by 1919. As their offerings continued to expand to malted milkshakes and prescription whiskey during the 1920s and 1930s they also saw a spike in sales leading to the growth of over 400 stores. As the company continued to expand and grow through acquisitions and mergers their share of the market increased drastically.

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