MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Pharmacies Always Located In The Back of the Store?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Pharmacies Always Located In The Back of the Store?

If you’ve picked up a prescription at CVS or Walgreens lately this thought has definitely entered your head “Why is the pharmacy always way in the back?” As you might expect there are reasons for it.

The first and most believable is that the stores want you to walk by all the other products in the aisles on your way to pick up your order. After all, isn’t the the main goal of retail in general? Get them to buy more. Same reason why you have to walk by all the furniture in Jordan’s before getting to the attractions in the way back. Maybe you’ll by a couch before zip lining!

Another more practical reason is that like most stores the deliveries come in at the loading dock in the back of the building. The Pharmacy is constantly getting items so makes sense to have it in the back. Makes sense. A lot of pharmacies have drive-thru windows. Obviously those are built into the back or side of a building most times.

On the security side of things, it’s unfortunate but also reality that the pharmacy is a big target for thieves. If everything is in the back of the store, it makes for a longer path to escape out the front door. Hopefully tripping them up or buying the authorities a few more minutes getting to the scene.

So the next time you’re standing in line for you prescription, now you know why you’re in the back of the store.

 

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