I have the convenience of a variety of stores within walking distance of my apartment, one of which I frequented being a popular drug chain. The advantage to this chain is the fact that it is open 24/7 everyday, including holidays. However, for all the coupons and sale ads, the prices are higher than most other stores in the neighborhood, I assume, due to availability.
My first negative experience was with their extremely high prescription cost. Since my layoff, I can now no longer afford health insurance. I was unaware that prescription costs vary tremendously among drugstores. This store is one of the most expensive.
My next objection to this store is the lack of monitoring of the parking lot. Twice I have been approached by men wandering in the lot pandering for money. One, in particular, was checking out my purse in the cart, as I was getting ready to put my purchases in my car. When I quickly handed him $2, he asked for more, saying he could use something to eat. I explained the truth; that I was laid off and could spare no more. I recently followed an elderly lady out the door and watched as a "strung out" young woman approached and harrassed the customer for a handout. The elderly woman reacted as I had, hesitantly acquiesing to the young woman's alarming and erratic behavior. After I observed the customer getting safely into her car, the young woman veered off to another patron approaching the store. When I got back home, I emailed corporate headquarters, who sent my concern to the local store manager. He replied that the drugstore takes customer safety very seriously and they were putting cameras on the parking lot. I have looked and not found any cameras and feel personal safety outweighs any small, bogus savings in the store. I take my business to stores where I am treated fairly and feel safe.