With the advent of pharmacy in supermarkets in the 1960s, supermarkets have worked to change the perception of the department from a mere customer convenience to a respected whole-health professional service. The innovators were retailers like Giant Food, Landover, Md., and Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J., in the early 1960s. Then in the 1970s, the Skaggs-Albertson's grocery-and-drug combination format gained widespread industry recognition and inspired imitators. These companies' ...

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