Walgreens is owned by the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. This parent company is currently the largest retail Pharmacies in the US and Europe, with 13,200 stores in over 11 countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. This transaction brought together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted healthcare services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community Pharmacies care, dating back more than 100 years. Walgreens had been in merger talks with Rite Aid since 2015. In June of 2017, the pharmacies announced the merger was off however Walgreens will acquire over 2,100 Rite Aid locations. Walgreens is a market leader in the US and has 8,175 retail stores which includes Walgreens and Duane Reade. Walgreens owns 15% of these retail locations and the rest are leased. Walgreens Boots Alliance stated that they will close about 200 less-profitable US Walgreens stores and open the same number of stores in new locations. The last closing will be no later than the end of 2017.