Read's Drug Stores

"Run right to Read's" was an advertising slogan that Baltimoreans heeded for generations, until the chain was bought out by Rite Aid in the 1980s. The lunch counter of the flagship store, at Howard and Lexington streets, was the site of a pre-Rosa Parks civil rights demonstration by Morgan State College students in January 1955; the fate of the long-abandoned building is still being deliberated.
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