WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                             CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                          TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

   Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)        DECEMBER 08, 2004

                                DUANE READE INC.
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

                  001-13843                               04-3164702
          (Commission File Number)            (IRS Employer Identification No.)

              440 NINTH AVENUE
             NEW YORK, NEW YORK                            10001
  (Address of Principal Executive Offices)               (Zip Code)

                                 (212) 273-5700
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

                                 NOT APPLICABLE
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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                On December 8, 2004, the registrant entered into Purchase
Agreements with certain initial purchasers relating to its offering of
$160,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its Senior Secured Floating Rate
Notes due 2010 (the "Notes"). The sale of the Notes is expected to close on
December 20, 2004, on the basis of representations and warranties and subject to
conditions precedent that are customary for transactions of this type. In the
Purchase Agreement, the registrant has agreed to indemnify the initial purchaser
against liabilities arising from the transactions, including liabilities arising
under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


                Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, the registrant has duly caused this report on Form 8-K to be signed on its
behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Dated: December 10, 2004

                                          DUANE READE INC.

                                          By: /s/ John K. Henry
                                              Name:   John K. Henry
                                              Title:  Senior Vice President and
                                                      Chief Financial Officer