Our Rich History

History

See what we've accomplished during our 170+ years of service.?

1892 opening of a Boots store in Pelham Street, Nottingham.
1800s
1849

John Boot opens first Boots store, selling herbal remedies, in Goose Gate, Nottingham, UK

1851

Maison Thomas pharmaceutical distributor is founded in Agen, France

1870

The Boots business begins to develop under Jesse Boot, John Boot's son

1896

Interpharm pharmaceutical distributor created in The Netherlands

1900s
1901

Charles R. Walgreen Sr. purchases the drugstore where he worked as a pharmacist in Chicago, U.S.

1909

Walgreen Co. is formed and the drugstore chain expansion begins with the opening of its second store

1915

Edgar Moss opens his first Moss Chemists store in Middlesex, UK

1919

S.A.F.A. pharmaceutical distributor is created in Spain

1922

Walgreens invents the malted milkshake

1927

Walgreens stock becomes publicly traded

Boots acquires Beeston site in Nottingham

1933

Boots opens its 1,000th store in the UK

1934

Walgreens stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange

1935

Boots launches No7 cosmetics

1938

UniChem group is formed in the UK to serve wholesale pharmaceutical products to independent pharmacies

1939

Boots launches Soltan suncare range

1950

Walgreens begins the transition to self-service stores

Moss Chemists prescription service delivery vans begin operating

1951

The first self-service Boots stores are trialed in London, UK

1960

Walgreens enters the Puerto Rico market

1968

Walgreens becomes the first major drugstore chain in the U.S. to put its prescriptions into child-resistant containers

1969

Boots launches Ibuprofen (Brufen) in the UK

1975

Walgreens reaches $1 billion in sales

1977

Pharmaceutical wholesaler Alleanza Farmaceutica is founded by Stefano Pessina in Italy

1981

The first Intercom pharmacy computers are installed in Walgreens pharmacies in Iowa

1982

Pharmaceutical wholesaler Di Pharma is founded by Ornella Barra in Italy

1984

Walgreens opens its 1,000th store

1991

Walgreens opens its first drugstore with a drive-thru pharmacy

UniChem purchases Moss Chemists in the UK

Alliance Santé group is formed from the merger between Alleanza Salute Italia and French pharmaceutical wholesalers ERPI and IFP

1997

Alliance UniChem is formed from the merger of Unichem and Alliance Santé

1998

Alliance UniChem acquires S.A.F.A. in Spain

Boots becomes the largest retail pharmacy chain in Ireland

1999

Walgreens.com launches its online pharmacy

2000s
2000

Walgreens opens its 3,000th store in Chicago

Alliance UniChem commences acquisition of Alliance Apotekene pharmacies in Norway and acquires 25 percent stake in Turkish pharmaceutical wholesaler, Hedef

Alliance UniChem acquires Interpharm pharmaceutical wholesaler and De Vier Vijzels pharmacy chain in The Netherlands

2002

Walgreens becomes the first drugstore to offer prescription labels in multiple languages chainwide

Alliance UniChem increases its stake in Hedef Alliance to 50 percent

2004

Alliance UniChem acquires 29.99 percent of German pharmaceutical wholesaler ANZAG

2006

Alliance UniChem merges with Boots Group to form Alliance Boots

Walgreens acquires Happy Harry's drugstore chain

Walgreens begins offering in-store health clinics

2007

Alliance Boots wholesale businesses begin to be rebranded to Alliance Healthcare

Alliance Boots is privatized

Walgreens opens its first store in Hawaii and its 6,000th store, located in Louisiana

Walgreens acquires Take Care Health Systems and Option Care

Over 1,000 Alliance Pharmacy stores in the UK?begin to be rebranded to 'Your local Boots pharmacy'

2008

Alliance Boots forms a 50:50 joint venture with Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a major pharmaceutical wholesaler in China

2009

Merger of Boots Opticians and Dollond & Aitchison to form the second largest optical chain in the UK

2010

Alliance Boots becomes the majority shareholder in Hedef Alliance

Alliance Boots become the majority shareholder in ANZAG

Walgreens completes is acquisition of the New York-based Duane Reade drugstore chain

Walgreens opens its first Well Experience format in stores

2011

Duane Reade opens 24-hour flagship store in New York at 40 Wall Street

Walgreens acquires drugstore.com and Beauty.com

2012

Walgreens acquires a 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots, taking the first step in the strategic partnership to create the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise

Walgreens opens its 8,000th store in Los Angeles and acquires USA Drug, a pharmacy chain in the mid-South U.S.

Walgreens and Alliance Boots form Walgreens Boots Alliance Development joint venture in Bern, Switzerland

2013

Walgreens and Alliance Boots announce a strategic, long-term relationship with AmerisourceBergen to collaborate on global supply chain opportunities

2014

Walgreens exercises option to complete second step of its strategic partnership with Alliance Boots, forming Walgreens Boots Alliance through the full combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots

Alliance Boots completes the acquisition of a 12 percent stake in Nanjing Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a major Chinese pharmaceutical wholesaler

Alliance Boots completes acquisition of Farmacias Benavides in Mexico and Farmacias Ahumada in Chile

2015

Walgreens enters into 20-year fulfillment agreement with Valeant Pharmaceuticals that includes reduced pricing on Valeant products

2016

Hedef Alliance rebrands to Alliance Healthcare Turkey

2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance enters into long-term global supply chain agreement with Fareva

Walgreens Boots Alliance receives regulatory clearance to purchase 1,942 Rite Aid drugstores in the U.S.

2018

Walgreens Boots Alliance joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average as one of its 30 components.

In July, the company completed an acquisition to acquire a 40 percent minority stake in GuoDa, a leading retail pharmacy chain in China.

In September, WBA and Alibaba launches a Boots flagship store on Tmall Global, Alibaba's B2C platform for international brands and retailers, introducing iconic Boots beauty brands to more than half a billion consumers on Alibaba's platforms in China.

2019

In October, Walgreens became the first U.S. retailer to test on-demand drone delivery service with Wing Aviation LLC