It was also known as, and originally named, the Consumer Value Store and was founded in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1963.
The chain was owned by its original holding company Melville Corporation from its inception until its current parent company (CVS Health) was spun off into its own company in 1996.
CVS sells prescription drugs and a wide assortment of general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products, and cosmetics, film and photo finishing services, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards, and convenience foods through their CVS Pharmacy and Longs Drugs retail stores and online through CVS.com.
It also provides healthcare services through its more than 1,100 MinuteClinic medical clinics as well as its Diabetes Care Centers. Most of these clinics are located within or outside CVS stores.
CVS Rewards, Extra Care Bucks, and Coupon Programs
CVS pharmacy has an excellent customer loyalty program called ExtraCare, in which participants receive mailers featuring special coupon offers and health information.
They also receive exclusive cardholder savings on select merchandise and will earn “Extra Bucks” (ECB, EBs) for purchases they make during designated shopping periods.
The Extra Bucks are not rebates but actual coupons which print out at the bottom of your receipt when qualifying items are purchased.
The ECBs can then be used to purchase almost all merchandise sold at CVS with some exceptions including alcohol, lottery, gift cards, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, prescriptions, and special order Home Health Care items, including footwear.
The Extra Bucks can be redeemed on purchases in-store or online at CVS.com.
Earn Extra Bucks Rewards three Ways:
Earn two percent back with every purchase in-store and online at CVS.com. Excludes purchases of alcohol, tobacco, lottery, gift cards, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, prescriptions, and special order Home Health Care items, including footwear.
Earn one Extra Buck for every two prescriptions purchased in-store and online at CVS.com. Excludes purchases of pharmacy items paid for in whole or in part by state and/or federal health care programs and prescriptions purchased in-store in NJ and NY, and controlled substances in Louisiana.
Your account will be updated with the above Extra Bucks rewards every three months and will print on your store register receipt, or you can visit CVS.com to print your Extra Bucks online.
Earn Extra Bucks on select brands advertised in CVS’s weekly ads. Your Extra Bucks will print on your receipt immediately following your qualifying purchase(s) and are redeemable in-store only.
ExtraBucks Rewards Tips
Combining manufacturer coupons, items from the weekly CVS sales ads, CVS coupons, and rebates will help build the amount of ExtraBucks Rewards you accumulate.
Look for promotions on items that you buy for an amount that is less than the amount of Extra Bucks you will earn.
It can often be accomplished by looking for “Free After Extra Bucks” promotions or by combining manufacturer couponson your purchases.
Extra Bucks cannot be rolled over or refunded.
Using Coupons at CVS
CVS accepts the following coupons:
Internet printable coupons (can refuse if coupon legitimacy is questionable)
Competitors’ coupons on new or transferred prescription drugs.
How Many CVS Pharmacy Locations are there in the United States in 2021?
There are 9,956 CVS Pharmacy locations in the United States as of August 03, 2021. The state with the most number of CVS Pharmacy locations in the US is California, with 1,178 locations, which is 11% of all CVS Pharmacy locations in America.
CVS Health Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is an integrated pharmacy healthcare company.
The Company provides pharmacy care for the senior community through Omnicare, Inc. (Omnicare) and Omnicare’s long-term care (LTC) operations, which include distribution of pharmaceuticals, related pharmacy consulting, and other ancillary services to chronic care facilities and other care settings.
It operates through three segments: Pharmacy Services, Retail/LTC, and Corporate. The Retail/LTC Segment included 9,709 retail locations (of which 7,980 were its stores that operated a pharmacy and 1,674 were its pharmacies located within Target Corporation (Target) stores).
Its online retail pharmacy Websites, CVS.com, Navarro.com, and Onofre.com.br, 38 onsite pharmacy stores, its long-term care pharmacy operations, and its retail healthcare clinics.
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