This change will allow the company greater flexibility to invest in its core strategies.
Walgreens has announced that it is revising its pharmacy expansion plans. Before the Deerfield, Ill., chain had planned to organically increase its store count by 8% every year. Now it will drop down to about 6% in fiscal 2010 and about 5% in 2011. This change in plans will allow the company greater flexibility to invest in its core strategies and improve shareholder value. Even with the moderated drugstore growth, the firm still plans to hit more than 7,000 stores by 2010.