TheWall Street Journal reported that Walgreen Co.(WAG), Deerfield, Ill., will test chilled food sales at up to 12 stores this fall in a bid to become a bigger player in the growing fresh food sector.

Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Washington confirmed the test and said the fresh food initiative could help the drugstore chain be eventually seen as "destination for tonight's meal."

Washington said Walgreen may sell sandwiches, fresh cut fruit, soups and wraps.

While she said the test would be limited to 12 stores, several people familiar with the matter said the test is likely occurring in about 50 locations in September in the Chicago area.