Osco Drug

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Osco Drug is a chain of pharmacy stores which today operate as in-store pharmacies under Supervalu Pharmacies. Osco Pharmacies are found in Jewel and Shaw’s supermarkets. Since 2006, Osco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu Pharmacies of Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based SuperValu. The company at its height operated Osco Drug, Osco Pharmacy, Sav-on Drugs, and Sav-on Pharmacy.

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History

The Skaggs Family – Osco and Savon’s roots

The Osco story starts long before the first Osco was opened. In 1915, S.M. Skaggs, a Baptist minister from Missouri settled in American Falls, Idaho. Prices on all commodities in American Falls were high and Skaggs formulated a plan to overcome the problem. He opened a store himself, totally different from stores of the day. Skaggs reduced prices and offered a cash and carry service with low margins to create high volume. S.M Skaggs had 12 children. The six sons: Pepper Oscar (O.P.), Marion Barton (M.B.), Loronzo L. (L.L), Samuel Olnie (L.S.), Levi Justin (L.J.), and Aron Sylvester (S.A.) helped with the operation of the store. In 1917, O.P Skaggs started his own chain of self-service stores and later sold the franchise in the western states to Christian Call (In 1945 Call would later open the first Sav-on store in San Bernardino, California). In 1919 brothers M.B., L.S., L.L., and L.J. formed a partnership called Skaggs United Stores. This company later became the Safeway grocery chain and was led by M.B. Skaggs. L.J. Skaggs retired from Safeway in 1932 and in 1934 opened the first self-service drugstore in the United States in Tacoma, Washington. He applied the principle of self-service that he had learned in the grocery business to his drugstore.

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