Walgreens takes over Rite Aid

by | August 2, 2018 7:54 am

A crew could be seen painting over the sign at the Rite Aid location, in Sparta, on July 30, in preparation for the transfer of pharmacy records to Walgreens who bought Rite Aid. (Photo by RIMA AUSTIN)

July 30 was a busy time for both Sparta Walgreens and Sparta Rite Aid, which is when Rite Aid transferred all of their pharmacy records over to Walgreens.

According to Jason Meyer, Walgreens store manager, Rite Aid still owns the Rite Aid building, at 488 West Bockman Way, and he does not know what they plan to do with it. As far as the employees that were employed with Rite Aid, Meyers states that some of them have already come over to Walgreens.

“We’ve got a couple of them,” says Meyers. “A couple of others, I don’t know what’s going on with them, but we still have some positions here.”

Walgreens has purchased over 1,900 Rite Aid stores across the nation. According to Ashley Flower, Rite Aid public relations senior manager, all the stores in the state of Tennessee have been sold to Walgreens.

“We have operations elsewhere in the country, in other states and markets” said Flower. “For your specific area, all of them now belong to Walgreens.”

According to Meyers, the Rite Aid store will remain open for two weeks to liquidate their front-end merchandise. When asked for a comment about the buyout, Jim Graham, senior manager – corporate media relations at Walgreens, said that he could not comment on a particular store and would have to call back. As of press time, Graham had not returned the phone call.

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