Drugstores Seek a New Prescription

By Crownover, Catherine | The Florida Times Union, October 17, 1997 | Go to article overview

Drugstores Seek a New Prescription


Crownover, Catherine, The Florida Times Union


Area drugstore chains want the corner on Jacksonville's growing

pharmacy business, especially as Baby Boomers age and need more

medications.

That's why drugstores are leaving strip shopping centers and

returning to their roots to operate corner drugstores. Corner

locations offer drugstores high visibility, convenient parking

and access for drive-through windows.

Drugstores no longer need to rely on the traffic generated by

supermarkets to attract customers, and many supermarkets now

operate pharmacies themselves.

"We focus on the convenience aspects of our stores," said

Michael Polzin, spokesman for Walgreen Co. "We started out in

1901 locating on street corners where streetcars stopped. Today,

we're looking for those corner sites that are in high-traffic

areas."

Drugstores also are scrambling to find corners in prime retail

neighborhoods, because they're facing an increasing dose of

competition from supermarkets and discount stores also filling

prescriptions.

"There's a lot more competition than there was 10 or 15 years

ago," said Polzin of Walgreens. "We're also finding more

competition for these corner sites."

Altogether, there are 360 pharmacies in the Jacksonville area,

including pharmacies inside medical facilities.

To better position itself, Walgreens is replacing most of its

older, smaller stores inside strip centers with larger, new

free-standing stores. New stores average 14,000 square feet and

feature double drive-through windows. Eckerd Corp. has a similar

long-term plan to upgrade its stores.

Walgreens is building four new or relocated drugstores in

Jacksonville, and Eckerd plans to move its St. Augustine Beach

drugstore to a free-standing location today and open another

free-standing store on Southside Boulevard in January.

Both Walgreens and Eckerd began opening free-standing stores in

the early '90s as a way to tout convenience over the

competition.

"People can get their prescription and a couple of other items

and get in pretty quickly and easier," Polzin said.

"In the '90s, people have a lot less time, and they want to

make the most efficient use of it," said Dan Pero, Eckerd

spokesman.

Walgreens and Eckerd also want to position themselves to

capture business from the aging Baby Boomers.

"Once you hit the 50-year age mark, your use of prescriptions

starts to rise pretty quickly," Polzin said.

Nationwide, prescription sales in all pharmacies is expected to

total $89 billion this year, up 15 percent from 1996.

Pharmacies also have become part of the marketing formula for

supermarkets and discount stores. …

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