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1849 John Boot opened a herbalist shop in Goose Gate, Nottingham.
1850 Jesse Boot was born in Nottingham.
1871 John's widow, Mary Boot, and son, Jesse began trading as M & J Boot, Herbalists.
1877 Jesse Boot took over control of the shop.
1879 Edgar Moss was born in Staffordshire.
1883 Boot & Company Ltd formed.
1884 Boots first pharmacist appointed
1885 Development of Boots manufacturing facilities around Island Street, Nottingham.
1888 Company renamed Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd.
1892 Flagship Boots store opened at Pelham Street, Nottingham.
1898 Boots Booklovers' Library established.
1902 Edgar Moss qualified as a pharmacist.
1915 Edgar Moss bought his first pharmacy business in Feltham.
1920 Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd sold to the United Drug Company of America
1921 Edgar Moss opened his second Moss pharmacy in Hayes.
1923 Edgar Moss opened his first warehouse in Feltham, in a corrugated iron army hut.
1926 John Boot became Chairman of Boots Pure Drug Company Ltd.
1928 Harold, son of Edgar Moss joined the Moss company as qualified pharmacist and manager of Southall store.
1929 Boots D1 Soap factory, the first building on the new Boots Beeston site, Nottingham, completed.
1931 Jesse Boot died at the age of 81
1933 Ownership of Boots returned to the UK.
1934 E. Moss Ltd formed. Harold Moss became Managing Director.
1935 No7 cosmetics launched by Boots.
1936 First Boots branch in New Zealand opened.
E. Moss Ltd moved premises to Fern Grove, Feltham.
1939 Soltan sun care range introduced by Boots.
1947 Boots established companies to carry out wholesale businesses in Australia, Canada, Pakistan and the Far East.
1948 Inauguration of the National Health Service.
1949 New Boots factory opened at Airdrie in Scotland to manufacture cosmetics.
New Boots factory near Bombay in India went into production.
Edgar Moss retired from E. Moss, but continued as a Governing Director.
1951 First self-service Boots stores trialed in London.
1953 John Boot retired as chairman of Boots.
1954 E. Moss Ltd opened its first photographic store in Staines
1958 Edgar Moss died at the age of 79
1968 New Boots The Chemists Headquarters office, D90 opened at Beeston.
Launch of 17 cosmetics by Boots.
Fern Grove Head Office and warehouse extensions completed by E. Moss.
1969 Boots launched Ibuprofen (Brufen) in the UK.
E. Moss Ltd. established an Industrial Sales Division
1971 Company renamed The Boots Company Ltd.
Acquisition of Crookes Laboratories Ltd by Boots.
1974 Harold Moss retired from the E.Moss business.
1982 Company renamed The Boots Company plc.
New Boots factory opened at Cramlington, Northumberland.
1983 Nurofen launched, following the approval of Ibuprofen as an over the counter analgesic.
Boots opened their first in-store optical practice.
1984 Boots (Retail Buying) Hong Kong Ltd established.
Moss became the sole supplier of medical supplies to British Airways
1985 Boots received the Queen's Award for Technological Achievement for the discovery and development of ibuprofen.
1987 Boots Opticians Ltd formed, with the acquisition of Clement Clarke Ltd and Curry and Paxton Ltd.
Boots Opticians became the UK's second largest retail optics chain.
1989 Natural Collection launched by Boots.
1990 Boots Contract Manufacturing and Boots Healthcare International established.
1991 UniChem Plc acquires Moss Chemists. The company begins a period of rapid expansion, acquiring an average of 65 branches per year.
1992 Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) computer installation completed in all Boots stores.
1994 Moss acquires the Selles Pharmacy chain based in the Hull area.
1995 Boots Pharmaceuticals sold to BASF.
Botanics skincare range launched by Boots.
1996 First Boots store in the Irish Republic opened, in Dublin.
1997 UniChem Plc merges with Alliance Santé to become Alliance UniChem making it one of the - largest pharmaceutical distributors in Europe.
Boots Advantage Card launched.
1998 Acquisition of Hayes, Conyngham and Robinson, and Connors, making Boots the largest retail pharmacy chain in Ireland.
1999 Moss Chemists re-launches itself as Moss Pharmacy.
2000 Bootsphoto.com launched - a new, complete e-photo service.
2001 Boots Opticians offer the world's first disposable hearing aid, Songbird.
Moss relocates its head office to Fern House, Feltham.
2002 Boots renamed Boots Group plc.
2003 Online shopping channel renamed boots.com.
2004 Moss begins development of its new Advanced Pharmacy Management System. The new system - is compliant with the new NHS contract and covers the requirements of not only England and Wales but also Scotland.
2005 Moss Pharmacy announced that its network of 878 community pharmacies were to be re-branded as Alliance Pharmacy.
Alliance Pharmacy announces the acquisition of Bairds Chemists in Northern Ireland. Bairds is the largest multiple - pharmacy chain in Northern Ireland
2006 Boots Healthcare International is sold to Reckitt Benckiser.
Boots Group merged with Alliance UniChem to form Alliance Boots plc, an international pharmacy-health and beauty group.
2007 Alliance Boots was acquired by AB Acquisitions Ltd.
2008 Start of the rebranding of Alliance Pharmacy stores to Boots.
Launch of Boots Laboratories skin care range in France and Portugal.
2009 Celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Boots brand.
Merger of Boots Opticians and Dollond & Aitchison, forming the second largest optical chain in the UK.
Launch of No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum.
An automated central distribution centre opens in Nottingham.
BootsWebMD launches offering customers a health and wellness information portal.
Boots Extracts Fairtrade range launches; one of the first complete ranges of beauty care products to be certified as containing Fairtrade ingredients.
Boots Health Club now has 4.8million members.
Prince Charles visits the Boots site in Nottingham to discover more about Boots corporate social responsibility activities, in particular environmental progress.
2010 Boots brands are sold directly to third party retailers in the US and other countries.
In partnership with Mothercare, Boots introduced ‘mini club’ – a new clothing and accessories brand for babies and children up to 6 years old.
Boots Pharmaceuticals launches.
A three year charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support is announced.
2011 A new travel health service is launched in 11 stores in the London region.
2012 New No7 product launches include Beautiful Skin and Lift & Luminate Day & Night Serum.
Shapers introduce a new ‘around the world’ food range.
Boots Advantage Card now has 17.8 million members.
A Boots store opens in the new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Both Boots UK and Boots Opticians were ranked in the ‘Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to work for’ awards – third year running.
No7 Foundation Match Made Service launched in August, exclusive to Boots.
Botanics range re-launched.
2013 Boots UK extends their hearingcare partnership with Sonova.
The travel health service is now available in over 100 stores and 16 doctors’ surgeries are located in Boots.
It is estimated that 90% of the UK population are within a 10 minute drive of a Boots store.