A new report released in August has highlighted key markets for Walgreen’s pharmacy store increases throughout various growth areas across the country.  According to Chain Store Guide’s 2014 Drug Industry Market Share Report, the drug store giant has increased its pharmacy count in several key areas where it has a significant retail presence.

In each of the key growth markets highlighted below, Walgreens operates eight or more pharmacy locations. Each market is designated by a core-based statistical area (CBSA). Increases occurred through a combination of organic store openings as well as acquisitions.

Walgreens Growth Markets*
Ranked by Pharmacy Count Growth

CBSA Area

Current Area Stores

Current Rx Market Share

Previous Area Stores

SALISBURY, MD-DE

19

32.1%

2

CHARLOTTE-CONCORD-GASTONIA, NC-SC

59

20.7%

44

RALEIGH, NC

41

28.2%

28

BALTIMORE-COLUMBIA-TOWSON, MD

55

16.9%

45

CHICAGO-NAPERVILLE-ELGIN, IL-IN-WI

502

52.4%

494

GRAND RAPIDS-WYOMING, MI

32

23.9%

24

MYRTLE BEACH-CONWAY-NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC-NC

16

24.8%

8

DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC

15

27.4%

7

NEW YORK-NEWARK-JERSEY CITY, NY-NJ-PA

555

29.8%

548

WASHINGTON-ARLINGTON-ALEXANDRIA, DC-VA-MD-WV

62

8.7%

55

LUMBERTON, NC

8

45.3%

2

GREENVILLE-ANDERSON-MAULDIN, SC

24

18.9%

19

GREENSBORO-HIGH POINT, NC

19

24.2%

14

LAFAYETTE, LA

16

27.4%

11

Market Spotlight – BALTIMORE-COLUMBIA-TOWSON, MD*
Counties: ANNE ARUNDEL, BALTIMORE, BALTIMORE CITY, CARROLL, HARFORD, HOWARD, QUEEN ANNES – MD

Company

Current Area Stores

Current Rx Market Share

Previous Area Stores

Previous Rx Market Share

Rite Aid Corporation: CAMP HILL, PA

91

19.0%

92

20.00%

CVS Caremark Corp.: WOONSOCKET, RI

58

19.0%

58

19.90%

Walgreen Company: DEERFIELD, IL

55

16.9%

45

14.70%

Giant Food LLC: LANDOVER, MD

40

12.5%

40

13.60%

Walmart Stores Inc.: BENTONVILLE, AR

24

5.4%

24

5.90%

SUPERVALU INC.: EDEN PRAIRIE, MN

32

4.8%

10

1.60%

Safeway Inc.: PLEASANTON, CA

20

2.7%

20

3.40%

NeighborCare Inc.: ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MD

12

2.3%

15

3.00%

Target Corporation: MINNEAPOLIS, MN

19

2.2%

18

2.30%

Wegmans Food Markets Inc.: ROCHESTER, NY

4

2.0%

4

1.90%

Weis Markets Inc.: SUNBURY, PA

14

1.4%

14

1.60%

CARE Pharmacies Inc.: LINTHICUM, MD

5

1.3%

5

1.30%

Kmart Corp.: HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL

9

1.2%

9

1.20%

Klein’s Shoprites: FOREST HILL, MD

8

1.2%

8

1.20%

Sam’s Club: BENTONVILLE, AR

7

1.1%

7

1.20%

Medicine Shoppe International Inc.: EARTH CITY, MO

4

0.7%

5

0.70%

Costco Wholesale Corp.: ISSAQUAH, WA

4

0.7%

4

0.70%

Anchor Pharmacies Inc.: WESTMINSTER, MD

2

0.5%

2

0.50%

MedStar Pharmacies Inc.: ELKRIDGE, MD

4

0.5%

4

0.60%

The Kroger Co.: CINCINNATI, OH

2

0.4%

N/A

N/A

Other operations

37

4.2%

39

4.70%

*Source: Chain Store Guide’s 2014 Drug Industry Market Share Report