U.S Pharmacy Chains

With global dominance and a broad market reach, the Pharmaceutical industry in the U.S is booming. From consumption to pharmaceutical product development, the United States unquestionably leads the way. In the U.S, there are around 88,000 pharmacies. Over half of them (around 48,000) are in drug stores, grocery stores, hospitals, department stores, medical clinics, surgery clinics, universities, nursing homes, jails, and other facilities. The remainder of the pharmacies is deemed independent or privately operated. The top 25 pharmacy chain businesses have around 38,000 drugstore locations in the United States and employ approximately 149,000 on-staff pharmacists. California has the most pharmacies in any state, with 8,015 in operation. The top five states for drugstore locations are Texas, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. Between 2007 and 2015, the number of community pharmacies increased by 6.3% nationwide, but the number of pharmacies per 10,000 population remained constant. In 2015, the number of pharmacies per capita varied significantly across counties, ranging from 0 to 13.6 per 10,000 inhabitants.

List of Top U.S Pharmacy Chains

According to the U.S. National Drugstore Market Summary, the top 20 pharmacy chains in the United States are ordered by total number of pharmacists in the table below.

RankPharmacy chainHeadquartersPharmacistsStores
1Walgreens CompanyDeerfield, Illinois48,9869,323
2CVS HealthWoonsocket, Rhode 31,2359,900
3WalmartBentonville, Arkansas15,3694,865
4Rite Aid CorpCamp Hill, Pennsylvania10,8692,721
5Kroger CompanyCincinnati, Ohio7,5161,956
6Albertsons IncBoise, Idaho6,1571,713
7AmerisourceBergen CorporationChesterbrook, Pennsylvania4,8521,961
8Publix Super Markets IncLakeland, Florida4,7001,084
9McKesson CorpIrving, Texas4,5241,556
10Costco Wholesale CorpIssaquah, Washington2,179500
11Cardinal Health IncDublin, Ohio1,382518
12Ahold Delhaize USACarlisle, Pennsylvania1,380521
13H E B Grocery CompanySan Antonio, Texas1,310270
14Meijer Great Lakes Limited PartnershipGrand Rapids, Michigan1,080238
15Southeastern Grocers LLCJacksonville, Florida1,059327
16Hy VeeInc West Des Moines, Iowa1,006249
17Sears Holdings Corp (Defunct) Hoffman Estates, Illinois945306
18Kaiser PermanenteOakland, California892131
19Freds Inc (Defunct) Memphis, Tennessee778301
20Pharmerica CorpLouisville, Kentucky61489

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