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When Walgros first opened its first store in Chicago in 1995, the chain’s founder, Lero Toth, was the only pharmacist in the country.
But as the chain grew and became the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., it saw the need to move.
It has since expanded to more than 800 locations across the country, and today employs more than 6,000 pharmacists, according to its website.
Walgarts first store opened in 2003, but it closed a few years later, according a report by Bloomberg.
By 2020, the company estimated, it had over 4,500 pharmacists across the U, as many as it did in the 1990s.
Now, it plans to move its pharmacy operation to the new Walgops campus in suburban Chicago.
The chain will remain open at least until 2020, according Bloomberg.
“Our pharmacy mission is to provide a safe and reliable access point to the pharmaceutical industry, and our commitment to innovation and growth in a fast-paced global pharmacy marketplace remains strong,” Walgos president and CEO Dan Boccardi said in a statement.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Walgroc, and look forward to providing our loyal customers and employees with safe, high-quality pharmacy care, including all of the new products and services that we’re introducing.”
According to Bloomberg, Walgrols pharmacy will remain a flagship store, but will be renamed the Walgopys Walgrods, with Walgas in its place.
According to the report, Walgas’ pharmacy will focus on specialty drugs, and the pharmacy will also focus on new products.