Peoples Drug Store at 14th and Park Road, Washington, D.C.
Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 7th and M Sts, Washington, D.C.
In 1970, Peoples had 252 stores operating in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, and New Jersey. That year there were 5,500 employees.
Interior of Peoples Drug Store, 804 H St N.E., Washington, D.C.
In 1984, Peoples was acquired by the Canadian conglomerate Imasco, the Canadian arm of British American Tobacco. Peoples and its divisions had close to 800 stores and became one of the country's leading drug chains.
Dixie Soda Fountian Co., Peoples Drug Store #40, Washington D.C.
Peoples Drug Store, interior, 7th and K Sts, Washington, D.C.
In late 1990, CVS Corporation purchased Peoples. The Peoples name was considered to be too strong a name to change it to CVS/pharmacy immediately, but was ultimately changed in May of 1994, just a few months before the Peoples Drug name would have celebrated its 90th anniversary.
LINK: These glass negative photographs are part of the National Photo Company Collection at the Library of Congress.