Rite Aid to close Charlotte distribution center soon, affecting 270 workers

Rite-Aid near the I-485, Prosperity Church Road interchange.
Rite-Aid near the I-485, Prosperity Church Road interchange. Observer file photo

Rite Aid will soon close its Charlotte distribution facility and transfer work to a new facility in Spartanburg, a previously announced closure that affects 270 workers in Charlotte.

The layoff of Charlotte workers is expected to begin May 14 and continue until June 18, the pharmacy said in Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice. Under federal law, companies must file WARN notices when they perform mass layoffs, close plants and change ownership.

Rite Aid had said in January 2015 it planned to close its Charlotte facility and consolidate operations at its newly constructed, $90 million facility in Spartanburg, which opened in February.

The Charlotte facility and distribution centers in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Poca, W.Va., are being closed as part of the company’s consolidation.

All workers have been notified of the closure, Rite Aid said. Last year, the company had said employees would be given the opportunity to apply for positions in Spartanburg, and that it would provide severance packages to those who don’t get them.