Duane Reade Inc. (/dwn ˈrd/ dwayn REED) is a chain of pharmacy and convenience stores owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance. Its stores are primarily in New York (metropolitan New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield Counties) and in New Jersey. They are known for high-volume, small store layouts in densely populated Manhattan locations. In 2012, the company headquarters was moved to 40 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the location of its newest flagship store.[1][2]

Duane Reade Inc.
Founded1960; 63 years ago (1960) in New York, New York, U.S.
  • Abraham Cohen
  • Eli Cohen
  • Jack Cohen
Headquarters40 Wall Street, ,
Area served
New York metropolitan area
Key people
Gregory Wasson (former President & CEO)
RevenueIncrease US$1.58 billion (2006)
ParentWalgreens Boots Alliance

History edit

Founded in 1960, the chain was started with three stores by Abraham, Eli, and Jack Cohen, with a warehouse located between Duane Street and Reade Street on Broadway in Lower Manhattan.[3] Duane Reade takes its name from the company's first successful full-service drugstore, which opened in 1960 on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets in TriBeCa just north of the Financial District. The streets themselves were named after early American politicians James Duane (1733-1797) and Joseph Reade (1694-1771).[4]

The Cohen family sold Duane Reade to Bain Capital in 1992[5] for a reported $239 million.[6] Bain Capital in 1997 then sold majority ownership of the chain to Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.[7]

Duane Reade completed its initial public offering (IPO) on February 10, 1998, trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DRD.[8] On August 2, 2004, the company announced it was acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners and was again a private company.[9]

Gary Charboneau, the company's senior vice-president of sales and marketing since 1993, explained his store layout strategy in New York magazine in 2005. He designed each store using four sections: one for beauty and cosmetic products, another that serves as a pharmacy, a third section for seasonal products such as cards and candy, and a fourth for household and grocery items. Cosmetic items were placed near store entrances, pharmacy sections were moved to the rear of stores since—according to Charboneau—"people don’t browse for prescriptions", and the other two sections occupied the remaining space. Ian Mount wrote in the magazine article, "half of Duane Reade’s sales come from food, cosmetics, and the like."[3]

Under CEO Anthony Cuti, who was previously president of Pathmark, the store expanded from 59 stores in 1996 to 249 stores in May 2005, with more stores in New York City than any other drugstore chain.[3]

In September 1998, Duane Reade acquired Rock Bottom Stores Inc, another drug retail chain with 38 retail stores, for $30 million plus an additional $31 million for the store's inventories.[10][11]

While sales for Duane Reade rose from $1.14 billion in 2001 fiscal year to $1.38 billion in 2003,[12] the combined impact of union disputes, a local recession, and the destruction of their best-performing store in the September 11 attacks forced the company to slow its expansion from 30 new stores a year in 2001 and 2002 to no more than 17 a year in 2003 and 2004.[3] Despite its expansion, the company had long-term debts of $405 million by October 2008, losing $33.1 million in the first half of that year.[13] Almost all of its stores are located in New York City or the immediate suburbs.

On April 19, 2006, it was announced that after nearly five years, Duane Reade agreed to settle with Disabled In Action to make all of its stores ADA-compliant. According to the New York Daily News, Duane Reade estimated it would take two years to inspect and revamp its stores for wheelchair access.

In November 2008, Duane Reade began rolling out a new logo.[14] In April 2009, Duane Reade hired DeVito/Verdi as its lead advertising agency.[15]

On April 9, 2010, Duane Reade was acquired by the Walgreen Company for $1.075 billion consisting of $618 million in cash and $427 million of assumed debt.[16] The transaction includes Duane Reade corporate office, 257 stores, and two distribution centers.[17]

On July 6, 2011, Duane Reade opened a location at 40 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.[2]

A shopper in an aisle at a Duane Reade store in Manhattan's Penn Station.

Litigation and disputes edit

Duane Reade and its executives have been involved in various disputes over its business practices with federal and local governments and labor unions.

Two unions and Duane Reade Inc. struck a deal on April 11, 2006, to close a five-year contract dispute. The three-year agreement covers "all of Duane Reade's clerks, cashiers, pharmacy clerks, pharmacy technicians, and photo technicians", and it closes a dispute dating from September 2001, when their previous contract expired. As part of the deal, Duane Reade and the unions settled all outstanding union and company claims before the National Labor Relations Board.[18]

In November 1997, the company settled charges that it sold drugs and other products in its New Jersey stores that were expired or overpriced. It agreed to pay $200,000 in civil penalties, investigative costs, and fees and to comply with the state's laws and regulations but did not admit wrongdoing.

Its embattled CEO Anthony Cuti, along with former CFO William Tennant, were indicted on October 9, 2008, in Manhattan federal court for falsely reporting company income and conspiring to commit securities fraud from December 2000 to June 2005.[19] Cuti had already been replaced in November 2005 by industry veteran Richard Dreiling, COO of San Francisco-area-based Longs Drugs stores.[20]

In June 2010, Cuti and Tennant were convicted of securities fraud between November 2000 and June 2005. They faced up to 20 years in prison. Cuti was sentenced to three years in prison on November 15, 2010; Tennant was sentenced in September 2011 to time served, supervised release for three years, and a $10,000 fine.[21][22]

References edit

  1. ^ "Duane Reade to move corporate offices to 40 Wall". The Real Deal New York. January 5, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. (July 5, 2011). "At Duane Reade's Newest Outpost, Sushi and Hairstyling". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Mount, Ian (2005-05-29) "The Mystery of Duane Reade". nymag.com. Retrieved July 3, 2007. "Founded in 1960 by the brothers Abraham, Eli, and Jack Cohen, Duane Reade started as a three-store health-and-beauty chain that took the name of the two streets that bounded its lower-Broadway warehouse."
  4. ^ Pickman, Sarah (2006-09-28) "[1]". Archaeology. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "Duane Reade sold to investment group". Chain Drug Review. New York: Racher Press, Inc. July 13, 1992. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  6. ^ "July: family-owned Duane Reade is sold; F&M files with SEC for public offering". Chain Drug Review. New York: Racher Press, Inc. April 26, 1993. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  7. ^ Parks, Liz (April 26, 1993). "Cuti leads Duane Reade in strong comeback". Drug Store News. New York. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  8. ^ Wirth, Gregg (February 10, 1998). "Dow's Rising Tide Lifts IPO's Boats". TheStreet.com, Inc. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  9. ^ "Duane Reade Inc. to Go-Private Merger Consummated". August 2, 2004. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  10. ^ "Duane Reade Inc, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Sep 24, 1998" (PDF). secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Company News; Duane Reade Agrees To Acquire Rock Bottom Stores". The New York Times. August 6, 1998. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  12. ^ "Duane Reade Inc, Form 10-K/A, Filing Date Jun 16, 2004". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Cordova, Elisabeth Butler (October 9, 2008). "Two former Duane Reade executives indicted". New York: Crain Communications Inc. Retrieved October 11, 2008.
  14. ^ Chan, Sewell; Lee, Jennifer 8. (January 2, 2009). "Jury Is Out on Duane Reade's New Look". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Ad week, "DeVito/Verdi Takes Duane Reade", April 7, 2000, retrieved June 17, 2009
  16. ^ "Walgreen to Buy Duane Reade for $1.1 Billion". The New York Times. February 17, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Walgreen Co, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Feb 18, 2010". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Labor dispute at Duane Reade finally comes to an end". Chain Drug Review. New York: Racher Press, Inc. May 1, 2006. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  19. ^ Dienst, Jonathan (October 9, 2008). "Former Duane Reade Executives Accused Of Securities Fraud". WNBC.com. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  20. ^ "Richard Dreiling Appointed President and CEO of Duane Reade, Inc". New York: PR Newswire Association LLC. November 21, 2005. Archived from the original on April 19, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  21. ^ "William Tennant Avoids Prison in Duane Reade Fraud Case". The New York Times. Reuters. September 7, 2011.
  22. ^ "Duane Reade CEO, CFO Guilty: Anthony Cuti, William Tennant Convicted Of Fraud". Huffington Post. June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010.

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