Grocery & Drug - More than Prescriptions

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Grocery & Drug

Grocery stores are self-service markets where consumers go to buy a wide variety of foods and other household products.  The stores are organized into aisles and typically offer meat, fresh produce, dairy, baked goods, packaged and canned goods, frozen foods, alcohol, beverages, and various other items like household cleaners, everyday household products, and pet supplies.

Grocery stores also have a variety of over-the-counter medicine (OTC) that consumers can buy without a prescription from a doctor. Some stores have a fully-operational pharmacy inside, where customers can get their prescriptions filled.  Drugstores otherwise known as pharmacies, are stores specifically for doctor-filled prescriptions, OTC medicines, and other medical products including first aid items.  A registered pharmacist must be behind the prescription counter at all times in these stores.  Typically drugstores include other non-medical products like snack foods, candy, drinks, alcohol, tobacco, cosmetics, clothes, and magazines.  

Grocery & Drug - Evolving to self-service

Grocery and Drugstores are a part of everyday life.  Grocery stores started out as a service for customers, who would come in and tell the clerk behind the counter what they needed, and the customer would get that, pay and leave.  In 1915, grocery stores started to develop into self-service large area stores, where consumers could buy products at their leisure.  The largest grocery stores today are Kroger, Safeway, and SuperValu. Drugstores started in the 1800s in Pennsylvania and spread throughout the states as they expanded.  The typical drugstore carried penicillin, soda, and pain medication.  The largest pharmacies in the United States are Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid.

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