This article says that Rite Aid will be buying Eckerd - which is boring business stuff I know, but I like Eckerd - it's probably my favorite of the "drugstore" chains. Duane Reade isn't bad either, but Rite Aid has always been my least favorite - even when they were the only ones who had 5 X 7 photo albums in my neighborhood. CVS sometimes has Boots items, but not where I live. Of course, if Target came to Astoria, that would be it.
My Fforde post is coming soon.