Nick Ut, AP
You can already pick up fresh milk and eggs at Walgreens (besides much needed essentials like toilet paper, mascara or a snuggie wearable blanket). But now, in several hundred stores across the nation, you can also pick up freshly prepared food like fruit salads and sandwiches.
The South Bend Tribune is reporting that this rollout is new and available at all 7,000 stores, but Walgreens manager of media relations, Tiffani Washington, tells Slashfood that's not entirely accurate.
"We currently have a few hundred stores with sandwiches, salads and cut fruit," said Washington. "We are gathering learnings from those locations and looking at opportunities to appeal to on-the-go consumers with similar meal options in more stores."
In other words, the Deerfield, Ill.-based company is seeing how many people decide to grab a salad at while they're at Walgreens before expanding. That comes along the heels of the giant chain introducing wine and beer in approximately 65 percent of stores.
Connect the dots, and the thinking behind the plan might have been: "Hey, how about offering a sandwich to go along with that brewski?"