Many Rite Aid customers in Charlotte will soon have to visit a new pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions.
As part of its deal to buy hundreds of Rite Aid stores, Walgreens will soon close five Charlotte Rite Aid stores, and transfer the prescription records to nearby Walgreens stores.
With each Rite Air location affected, the store will remain open for about two weeks after the pharmacy’s last day of business for a final sale, Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said in an email.
Here are the details of the area Rite Aid stores that are closing:
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Walgreens expects to have positions at other locations for the majority of affected employees, Caruso said. It's unclear how many workers are affected. Caruso could not be immediately reached for additional comment.
Last October, Walgreens said that it planned to close about 600 locations after completing its acquisition of 1,932 Rite Aid stores, mostly in the Northeast and South, plus three distribution centers, for $4.375 billion. The Deerfield, Ill.-based pharmacy chain didn't say at the time which locations would close, however.
As part of the deal, Walgreens took ownership of a total of 213 Rite Aid stores in North Carolina this year. The Walgreens-owned stores that aren't closing are continuing normal business operations under the Rite Aid name.
"Closing stores is never an easy decision," Caruso said. "Our goal is to ensure that we have the right number of stores in the right locations to continue to help us deliver the greatest value for our customers."