Boots UK Limited (previously Boots the Chemists), trading as Boots, is a British wellness and charm store and pharmacy chain in the United Kingdom and other nations and regions including Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands as well as Thailand.
The moms and dad company, The Boots Firm plc, merged with Alliance UniChem in 2006 to develop Alliance Boots. In 2007, Alliance Boots was bought by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts as well as Stefano Pessina, taking the business private, and also moving its head office to Switzerland, making it the first-ever FTSE 100 business to be bought by a personal equity firm. In 2012, Walgreens acquired a 45% risk in Alliance Boots, with the choice to get the rest within three years. It exercised this choice in 2014, and as a result Boots came to be a subsidiary of the new business, Walgreens Boots Alliance, on 31 December 2014.
Boots is one of the largest sellers in the UK and Ireland, both in regards to profits as well as the variety of stores. It has 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland varying from neighborhood pharmacies to big health and also salon. Its shops are largely located on the high roads as well as in shopping center. It markets many health and beauty products, as well as also offers lens and hearing treatment services within stores and also as standalone practices. Boots additionally runs a retail website as well as given that 1997 it runs a loyalty card programme called the Boots Benefit Card.