“Imagine a day when 45% of our Walgreens stores – of the 9,100 stores that happen to be within five miles of 75% of the homes across the United States – where you can walk in and see a primary care physician that’s attached to a Walgreens drugstore,” Brewer told Forbes.

Walgreens has more about 13,000 retail locations spread across the US, Europe and Latin America and around 55,000 employees in its 2,200 stores in the UK.

Boots estimated value at around £10 billion and could be biggest deal in the UK since the £15 billion Asda and Sainsbury’s merger in 2019.

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