Grocery stores have rarelyviewed pharmacies as profit-drivers, but rather as an amenity thatwill make customers more likely to choose them

The pharmacy business is increasingly consolidated, both in terms ofownership and location. Simply put, the total number of pharmaciesis declining, driven largely by a decline in the number of grocerystores with pharmacies.

For the first time in recent memory, the number of grocerypharmacies decreased in 2017, from 9,344 to 9,026.

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