On the heels of Walgreens’ announcement that it will be purchasing 2,186 Rite Aid locations by the end of the year and converting them to Walgreens (read details about the deal here), neither company would provide a list of affected stores or say when that list would be out.

But Rite Aid has quietly offered some big clues.

The upshot is that if you shop or work at a Rite Aid in South Carolina, Utah, Indiana or Washington, DC – your Rite Aid is going to become a Walgreens. If you live in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Michigan or Delaware, your Rite Aid is going to stay a Rite Aid.

That’s the easy part. Now, if your store is in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or Georgia – your Rite Aid will most likely become a Walgreens. Most Rite Aid stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont are staying put.

And the fate of the rest of the Rite Aid stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, New Jersey, New York and Virginia is still kind of up in the air.

All of this is gleaned from a before-and-after look at store counts by state that Rite Aid presented to investors today, as it went over the planned transaction with Walgreens. So even though the companies aren’t mentioning specific stores – they appear to know exactly what stores are included in the sale, but just aren’t saying so publicly yet.

“Our remaining store base, which has a concentration of stores on the West Coast, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey, is a financially stronger group of stores on a per-store basis than the store base today,” Rite Aid CEO John Standley told investors. “Almost 60% of the stores have been remodeled to our groundbreaking ‘Wellness’ format, and these stores are in cities and communities where we have strong market share and are very competitive.” As a result, Standley said, the transaction will “transform Rite Aid into a smaller but stronger company.”

So most of Rite Aid’s Mid-Atlantic and West Coast stores will remain in the Rite Aid fold. And Rite Aid is all but leaving the South, completely exiting South Carolina, leaving just one store each in Mississippi and Alabama, and just a handful in Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina. In the Northeast, there will be only a single Rite Aid store in Maine and Rhode Island, and just a handful left in Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont and West Virginia.

What follows is a list of Rite Aid’s current store count by state, and the store count once the transaction with Walgreens is completed. The net change adds up to 2,190 stores, which is 4 more than the number being sold to Walgreens. A Rite Aid spokesperson did not respond to a request to clarify the discrepancy, and whether the additional four locations will be closing or sold to another buyer.

Keep watching this space for a list of specific locations to be sold to Walgreens, once we know.


State Old store count New store count Change
Alabama 91 1 -90
California 577 577 0
Colorado 21 4 -17
Connecticut 77 22 -55
Delaware 42 42 0
District of Columbia 7 0 -7
Georgia 176 2 -174
Idaho 14 9 -5
Indiana 10 0 -10
Kentucky 116 2 -114
Louisiana 52 4 -48
Maine 79 1 -78
Maryland 140 13 -127
Massachusetts 146 10 -136
Michigan 274 274 0
Mississippi 25 1 -24
Nevada 1 1 0
New Hampshire 68 62 -6
New Jersey 251 100 -151
New York 599 143 -456
North Carolina 224 8 -216
Ohio 224 217 -7
Oregon 73 73 0
Pennsylvania 537 535 -2
Rhode Island 43 1 -42
South Carolina 89 0 -89
Tennessee 81 4 -77
Utah 22 0 -22
Vermont 37 6 -31
Virginia 185 80 -105
Washington 139 139 0
West Virginia 103 2 -101
TOTALS 4523 2333 -2190


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  1. How strange that so many states will be left with only a trivial number of Rite Aids. Doesn’t make sense.

  2. very happy my Rite Aid isnt changing!!!!

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