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Boots UK Limited

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Boots UK Limited (formerly Boots the Chemists), trading as Boots, is a British health and beauty retailer and the biggest pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom. It had 2,200 shops across the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2022. It also operates in Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Malta, Thailand and Indonesia.

In August 2019, there were 3,063 Boots stores across six countries:

  • United Kingdom: 2,465
  • Thailand: 293
  • Norway: 159
  • Republic of Ireland: 89
  • Netherlands: 59
  • Malta: 3
  • Indonesia: 3

It was started in 1849, by John Boot in Nottingham.[1] In the 1960s it developed the painkiller Ibuprofen.

The company merged with Alliance UniChem in 2006 to form Alliance Boots. It was bought by a private equity firm.in 2007. Walgreens bought a 45% of Alliance Boots in 2012, with the option to buy the rest within three years. It exercised this option in 2014, and as a result Boots became a subsidiary of the new company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, on 31 December 2014.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bunn, Matthew (2019-02-17). "Inside the Boots archives which reveals the company's incredible history". NottinghamshireLive. Retrieved 2023-08-20.
  2. "Walgreen-Alliance Boots deal is complete". Chicago Tribune. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2023-08-20.