Kerr Drug

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Kerr Drug
Drug Store
Fate Merged with Walgreens
Predecessor Kerr Drug
Successor Walgreens
Founded Raleigh, NC,1951
Defunct 2013
Headquarters Raleigh, NC, United States
Number of locations
Area served
Raleigh, NC, Fayetteville, NC, Durham, NC, Chapel Hill, NC, Pittsboro, NC, Hillsborough, NC, Wthe Mountains in Western NC and Much of Eastern NC
Key people
Banks Kerr, founder of Kerr Drug
Products Premier
Owner Walgreens

Kerr Drug was an American chain of 76 drug stores throughout North Carolina. Its headquarters were located in Raleigh, North Carolina. On September 10, 2013, Walgreens announced its purchase of Kerr.[1][2]

The company was founded in Raleigh by Banks Kerr in 1951. The chain was operating 97 stores when it was acquired in 1995 by JCPenney. In 1996, when JCPenney attempted to purchase Eckerd Drug, the FTC forced JCPenney to divest itself of 34 former Kerr Drug stores and 130 Rite Aid stores. These stores were ultimately purchased by a group led by former Thrift Drug executives led by Anthony Civello who became Kerr Drug's President & CEO who left the JCPenney organization following the Eckerd acquisition.[1]


  1. ^ "Walgreens buying Raleigh-based Kerr Drug". WRAL. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Walgreens furthers reach into North Carolina with acquisition of Kerr Drug". Drug Store News. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 

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