Thrift Drug
Thrift Drug was a pharmacy
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 chain based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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 that was founded in 1937 and purchased by J.C. Penney
J.C. Penney
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a chain of American mid-range department stores based in Plano, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas. The company operates 1,107 department stores in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. JCPenney also operates catalog sales merchant offices nationwide in many...

 in 1968, and was expanded greatly thereafter. The chain served as the flagship chain of J.C. Penney's pharmacy group. The chain didn't hide its affiliation with J.C. Penney, as it had J.C. Penney catalog merchandise pickup centers inside many of its locations as well as signs advertising "J.C. Penney Catalog Center". Stores also accepted the J.C. Penney credit card for purchases.

In 1996, JCPenney purchased Eckerd, and decided to merge Thrift Drug and all other pharmacy chains into the larger Eckerd chain (now CVS/pharmacy and Rite Aid
Rite Aid
Rite Aid is a drugstore chain in the United States and a Fortune 500 company headquartered in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, near Camp Hill. Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third largest drugstore chain in the U.S....

) in 1997.
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