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The plan calls for opening hundreds of primary care clinics, shaking up its selection of front-of-store merchandise and taking a stake in several health care companies. (Photo: Ken Wolter/Shutterstock)

Walgreens Boots Alliance, the holding company that owns the Walgreens drug store chain, is creating a new division called Walgreens Health.

The announcement came at an Oct. 14 virtual investor day during which Roz Brewer, the new chief executive officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, said the company’s nearly 9,000 stores in the United States will become a health care hub for its customers — complete with hosting doctor appointments and testing for such infections as pneumonia, strep and HIV.

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