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It all started in 1901. A budding pharmacist, Charles Walgreen, grew tired of the lackluster effort put forth by most pharmacies of the era. He wanted to combine fair prices with a friendly atmosphere and great customer service, so he opened his first store in Chicago. He provided excellent customer service in a welcoming store, and the people took notice. Walgreens was even an early adopter of the soda fountain, which quickly grew into a nostalgic bit of Americana. While you can't grab a milkshake at the counter anymore, you can still benefit from service with a smile and fair prices on your prescriptions, health and beauty products, contact lenses, photo prints and much more at Walgreens locations throughout the nation.