Most Trusted National Pharmacy/Drug Store: Walgreens*
As a teenager, Charles Walgreen injured his finger in an accident working at a shoe factory. He could no longer play sports, so he got a job at Horton’s Drugstore in Dixon, Illinois. Walgreen later moved to Chicago and worked with some of the city’s leading pharmacists before opening his own store—just 50 x 20 feet in size—in 1901. It was known for its customer service. While taking phone orders, Walgreen repeated the order slowly and kept talking so his assistant could deliver the goods before the customer hung up the phone. Today, Walgreens is America’s largest drugstore chain with more than 8,200 stores. *Statistical tie with another brand
Most Trusted National Pharmacy/Drug Store: CVS Pharmacy*
Know what CVS stands for? “Consumer Value Stores.” The first location opened in 1963 in Lowell, Massachusetts, selling health and beauty products; the first stores with pharmacies opened a few years later. By 1985, the company reached $1 billion in annual sales. Today, CVS has 7,800 retail pharmacies. CVS made recent headlines when it committed to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products to help customers commit to a healthier lifestyle. *Statistical tie with another brand
Most Trusted Pet Care Products: Hartz
It all started with singing canaries. In 1926, a near-penniless Hartz founder Max Stern left Germany for America. A friend who owed Stern a modest sum could pay back the loan only with a bounty of canaries—5,000, to be exact. So Stern immigrated with them and sold them to the John Wannamaker Department Store on New York City’s Astor Place. For years, Stern traveled back and forth to Germany to import canaries, selling them at such stores as R.H. Macy, Sears Roebuck, and F.W. Woolworth. In 1932, he expanded into packaged bird food and then into products for cats, dogs, and other pets. By 1980 Hartz products were sold in more than 40,000 locations across America and Canada.