FOOD-AND-DRUG COMBO STORES GO BEYOND PHARMACIES

Any retail analyst will tell you that there's much more to a drug store than a pharmacy.In fact, the most profitable components of drug stores are what they call their "front-end" offerings, which include cosmetics, gift items and photo-processing services. Many supermarkets are increasingly turning to those same types of categories to boost their own bottom lines.That's why Albertson's has converted

Any retail analyst will tell you that there's much more to a drug store than a pharmacy.

In fact, the most profitable components of drug stores are what they call their "front-end" offerings, which include cosmetics, gift items and photo-processing services. Many supermarkets are increasingly turning to those same types of categories to boost their own bottom lines.

That's why Albertson's has converted most of its supermarkets in two Western markets to combination food-an

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