CVS launches health, beauty makeover for drugstores hit by slower sales since tobacco exit

IndustriesAssociated Press

CVS drugstores that quit tobacco sales last year are now getting health and beauty makeovers to attract customers who want more than just a prescription refill.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain is adding fresh foods, healthy snacks and expanded beauty options to many of its locations. It's also testing a new format named designed for stores that serve Hispanic populations.

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CVS Health Corp. executives say the changes reflect customer demand. They also could help perk up store sales outside the pharmacy area that have slumped since the company phased out tobacco sales last September.

CVS isn't saying how much it is spending on these changes. The push reflects similar expansions into selling healthier products and more beauty items by rivals Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp.