Walgreens: Getting serious about health and wellness?

From a recent RetailWire comment: Walgreens has wavered over the past several years between broad varieties of goods unrelated to their core mission, and a more focused approach. Lately, they are swinging toward “less is more” again:

I’ve long argued that Walgreens needs to be more focused in its mission to be a provider of health and wellness products and services, not just a pharmacy. Central to this mission will be some long-overdue “SKU rationalization” and store redesign. Walgreens needs to be willing to walk away from its other role as a “neighborhood convenience store” cluttered with a bunch of stuff in order to maximize its true role as a category killer with huge growth opportunity. I look forward to the day when I can actually find the HBA product I’m looking for in my neighborhood Walgreens store, without having to wander through aisles of t-shirts and “as seen on TV” junk.

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