When you’ve been around for more than 170 years, you’ve probably seen it all. Boots certainly has.
The world became a completely different place between the time John Boot first opened a herbal medicine shop in Nottingham in 1849 and the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2015. But one thing has remained the same: The colleagues at every Boots store are committed to looking after the health and well-being of their local communities.
Throughout its history, Boots has helped customers and patients in the UK navigate the unsteady waters of global pandemics – from the 1918 Spanish flu all the way to COVID-19. Through it all, Boots helped support the safety of the nation and has partnered with the NHS since its inception in 1948.
We took a look back through the archives at a few key moments in Boots history, when the UK and the world faced pandemics.