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Chain drugstores now offering groceries

January 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Some cost conscious consumers are heading to the drug store when they need groceries.Chain drugstores including Walgreens and CVS are stocking up on groceries to help their customers eat healthier. Selling food also helps the stores boost their business.

Drug stores offering groceries help shoppers where there are no markets, and they help cost conscious shoppers who know how to spot a good deal.

"The drug stores offer incentives, and that's what makes them different from the grocery stores and the big box chains," said Crissy Pate, co-founder of becentsable.net

"It's been very successful on a financial aspect." said Walgreens President of Operations Mark Wagner. "But it's been even more successful when you look at it from a community aspect."

Consumer experts warn that shoppers need to key in on the special bargains on drug store food items because regular-priced food can be more expensive than at the supermarket.