Monday, January 18, 2010

Walgreens to Get Fresh Drug store chain plans to offer fresh food, prepared meals

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Walgreen Co. plans to offer fresh foods and prepared meals to draw "time-starved" shoppers to its more than 7,000 stores, taking on supermarkets, c-stores and other retailers. The drug store chain has been talking with foodmakers including Unilever, Nestle and Sara Lee about creating private-label and branded products, Bryan Pugh, vice president of merchandising for Walgreens and former Fresh & Easy executive, said."Everyone is time-starved, and we have the most convenient 7,000 locations in the U.S.," Pugh said. "They're on-the-way-home destinations that are easy to get in and out of and will provide a good value."

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