Mercury Drug
Mercury Drug is the leading chain of drugstore
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s in the Philippines
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The company began in 1945 with a single store owned by Mariano Que. He named it after Mercury
Mercury (mythology)
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, the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology
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 and whose staff, the caduceus
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, is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine
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In 1945, Mercury Drug cut packaged bulk items into individual pieces. It was called "tingi-tingi" or the selling-by-piece-retail method.

In 1963, upon the invitation of Ayala Corporation
Ayala Corporation
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, Mercury Drug opened its second branch in May 1963 at a developing commercial center in Makati (now known as the Ayala Center
Ayala Center
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In 1965, Mercury Drug established its landmark branch in Quiapo, Manila
Quiapo, Manila
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It introduced many "firsts" in the Philippine drugstore industry:
  • 1948: Motorized customer delivery service
  • 1952: 17-hour, 7 days a week drugstore service
  • 1963: Self-service
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  • 1965: 24-hours, 7 days
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     a week service
  • 1967: Computerized temperature-controlled central warehouse
  • 1969: Biological refrigerators to preserve life-saving medicines
  • 1976: Expansion throughout Luzon
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    , Visayas
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     and Mindanao
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  • 2011: University of Luzon (una sa lahat)

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