Forgive me if I start sounding like a Walgreens commercial, but I really like that chain.
I first encountered Walgreens when I was on exchange in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There was a store about 1 block off campus and it is where I had my prescriptions filled/refilled while I was half way across the U.S. from home. They had no problem filling prescriptions written by my physicians back in New York, and they were also more than helpful about taking a debit card from the state of Delaware (where my home college was located.)
Here in Ohio, we have competing infestations of CVS
, Rite Aid and Walgreens; CVS
seems to have lost most of the battle, as they built, opened, and then immediately closed several stores just after they bought out the local Revco chain in 1996. Walgreens was a new entrant in 1996 and Rite Aid had been around for a little while but also built many new stores between 1996-1998, some of which also closed quickly. Walgreens seems to have sustained all of their "new" stores, and many of them are open 24 hours.
When I was in Florida on vacation a couple of years ago, I realized I had left my medication at home. I had refills remaining and since Walgreens has a national computer system, the pharmacist at a Walgreens in Bradenton, Florida, was able to fill a prescription first logged into the system in Lakewood, Ohio.
I have to say I have yet to find a Walgreens where the staff has been less than helpful and congenial. Perhaps this is because they are still "new" in the Cleveland market, but I have come to depend on the 24-hour Walgreens down the road from me because they have good service and friendly employees. The pharmacy staff has always been very helpful in sorting out any drug interactions I might have since I am on three different medications already; the floor staff has always been willing to go into the aisles and help me find particular items if I haven't been able to find them myself. They have even been willing to refer me to other stores - outside Walgreens chain - if I haven't found what I'm looking for.
That Walgreens store also seems to have better prices than the local Rite Aid and CVS
stores. The 24 hour availability combined with prices and service leads to my consistent choice of Walgreens over any other drug store in Cleveland.