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Jack M. Eckerd

Eckerd Corporation

1952 - 1974


Military ServiceArmy
1950 b. 1913
Born-Died1913 - 2004
BirthplaceDelaware (DE)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1950

Eckerd introduced the self-service retailing model in his drug store operations and, in the process, built the largest drug store retail chain in the South. Eckerd was one of the firsts to recognize the potential of anchoring drug store chains next to successful supermarkets. Through careful acquisitions and by riding on the coattails of the supermarket expansion in the South, Eckerd doubled the size of his business every two years between 1959 and 1975.