The Proliferation Of Drug Store Chains

<p>One commentator from Upstate New York ponders the increasing phenomenon of competing drug store chains popping up on the corners of suburban intersections.</p>
January 3, 2007, 11am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"There is a growing drug problem in the suburbs. More precisely, there is a growing drugstore problem in the suburbs. What other conclusion can be drawn after a drive through the Town of Tonawanda?

There are two Walgreens in the works on Delaware Avenue - pharmacological bookends at Kenmore Avenue and Sheridan Drive. Meanwhile, a CVS is being built in a plaza on Sheridan kitty-corner from one of the planned Walgreens and across the street from a Tops that has a pharmacy.

That CVS store will be less than a mile from an existing Rite Aid on the corner of Colvin Boulevard and Sheridan. And that store is about a mile from a Walgreens at Parker Boulevard and Sheridan. Head back up Parker to Kenmore and you get another CVS and another Rite Aid before you get to the other planned Walgreens.

If you can't get drugs in the Town of Tonawanda, you're just not trying."

"Audrey Guskey, a marketing professor at Duquesne University, said that what's happening here is part of a national trend."

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Published on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 in The Buffalo News
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