America's Corner Store : Walgreen's Prescription for Success

America's Corner Store : Walgreen's Prescription for Success

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Book DescriptionPraise for America’s Corner Store

"Who would have thought the story of a drugstore chain could encompass so much vital and fascinating American history? With superb storytelling skills, John Bacon gives us a vivid and insightful chronicle of matters both large and small, from the birth of the milkshake to the rise of America’s consumer culture. America’s Corner Store is a genuine treat."
–James Tobin
the National Book Critics’ Circle—Award winner, and author of To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight

"Run the business with your head. Lead the family with your heart. Walgreens’ history is filled with good values, strong principles, and immense courage. A family business classic."
–Howard "Howdy" S. Holmes
President and CEO, "Jiffy"® Mixes

"John Bacon has crafted a thorough, insightful, readable, and fascinating account of the development of Walgreens: one of the world’s most compelling examples of the creation of shareholder value in conjunction with good corporate governance... all in a company run in a highly unique fashion as a ‘family’ business. As the store that everyone knows, Walgreens has become the envy of corporate America and the darling of shareholders, consistently producing investor returns that place it at the very top among its peers. This book will be required reading in my private equity class at Michigan Business School."
–Professor David Brophy
Director, Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, University of Michigan Business School Download DescriptionThe fascinating story of a company that has been at the forefront of American business for over one hundred years

The story of Walgreens spans over a century of U.S. history. It’s the story of the most successful drugstore chain in the nation, an industry leader from the 1920s right up to the present. Today, the company still surpasses its competition in both size and profitability.

America’s Corner Store details the incredible story of this innovative company, from its inception as a family-run store in 1901 to its transformation as one of the largest food and drug retailers inthe world. Readers will learn how superb management, modern merchandising, innovative store design, fair pricing, outstanding customer service, and an exceedingly high-quality pharmacy fueled Walgreens astounding growth and continued success. From their invention of the malted milkshake to their creation of drive-thru pharmacies, Walgreens has set the standard for the industry. Through firsthand accounts of company executives and extensive research, John Bacon has created the most accurate and up-to-dateaccount of this storied franchise.

John U. Bacon (Ann Arbor, MI) has written on a variety of business and feature topics that have appeared in national publications such as the New York Times, Time magazine, and Men’s Journal. He was also the host of his own radio talk show for more than a year. Previously, Bacon was a sports writer for the Detroit News.