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October 25th update:

Walgreens announced this morning that it expects to close about 600 stores, once it acquires 1,932 Rite Aid locations as part of a deal announced in September (read more about that below). Most of the stores marked for closure will be Rite Aid locations within a mile of an existing Walgreens store, though in some cases the company may decide to close an existing Walgreens and keep a newly-acquired Rite Aid location instead. Either way, all of the acquired stores that do remain open will eventually be converted to Walgreens.

So if your neighborhood Rite Aid is very close to a Walgreens, in one of the states listed below in which the majority of Rite Aid stores are being sold, only one of them is likely to make the cut.

While Walgreens isn’t providing any specifics in terms of locations just yet, it did say that ownership of the “first few” Rite Aid stores has been formally transferred “in the past week”. The rest of the 1,932 stores will be transferred in phases between now and next spring. At that point, store closings will begin, with all closings and conversions expected to be completed by late 2019.

September 19th update:

Walgreens and Rite Aid announced today that federal regulators have approved Walgreens’ purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, about 250 fewer stores than they had first planned (read the full story here). The original list of affected stores by state remains at the bottom of this article, for comparison’s sake.

But according to new documentation filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Rite Aid’s revised list of store counts by state reveals some important details in the new asset purchase agreement. Several states that were to retain just a small handful of Rite Aid stores, will now have none. Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia now join Indiana, South Carolina, Utah and Washington DC as locations where there will be no Rite Aids whatsoever after the deal goes through. All existing Rite Aid stores there will be sold to Walgreens in the revised deal.

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Meanwhile, several Northeastern states will hold onto more Rite Aids than originally planned. The bulk of the roughly 250 Rite Aid stores that are no longer part of the deal with Walgreens, are located in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. In addition, Idaho, which was to sell off several Rite Aid stores, will now keep them all.

The two companies still are not providing specific addresses of affected stores. But this state-by-state look is the closest we have right now, to knowing precisely what Rite Aid stores are a part of the final deal:

 

StateOld store countNew store countChange
Alabama910-91
California5765760
Colorado213-18
Connecticut7734-43
Delaware42420
District of Columbia70-7
Georgia1740-174
Idaho14140
Indiana100-10
Kentucky1150-115
Louisiana520-52
Maine790-79
Maryland13943-96
Massachusetts14410-134
Michigan2742740
Mississippi250-25
Nevada110
New Hampshire6862-6
New Jersey251133-118
New York596323-273
North Carolina2229-213
Ohio224217-7
Oregon73730
Pennsylvania536534-2
Rhode Island430-43
South Carolina870-87
Tennessee800-80
Utah220-22
Vermont376-31
Virginia18582-103
Washington1391390
West Virginia1030-103

 
 

Original story, June 29th:

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.

 

StateOld store countNew store countChange
Alabama911-90
California5775770
Colorado214-17
Connecticut7722-55
Delaware42420
District of Columbia70-7
Georgia1762-174
Idaho149-5
Indiana100-10
Kentucky1162-114
Louisiana524-48
Maine791-78
Maryland14013-127
Massachusetts14610-136
Michigan2742740
Mississippi251-24
Nevada110
New Hampshire6862-6
New Jersey251100-151
New York599143-456
North Carolina2248-216
Ohio224217-7
Oregon73730
Pennsylvania537535-2
Rhode Island431-42
South Carolina890-89
Tennessee814-77
Utah220-22
Vermont376-31
Virginia18580-105
Washington1391390
West Virginia1032-101
TOTALS45232333-2190

 

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5 Comments

  1. A couple updates:

    1. The sale of remaining Rite Aid stores to Albertson’s has been cancelled – apparently the Rite Aid shareholders didn’t think it was a good enough deal for them.

    2. If you go to Rite Aid site and search the store directory, any store sold to Walgreen’s now has a note stating that on its page. That way you can check areas local to you to see which ones aren’t changing (if any) without having to go to each store to see if they have the Now a Walgreen’s Pharmacy signs up.

    For example (I did this since VT is the smallest state to look through), in VT the 6 remaining Rite Aid stores will be:
    Bethel, Brattleboro (Canal St), Ludlow, Windsor, Randolph and Springfield.

  2. Alice Szepietowski says:

    I’m disappointed in the news because Rite-Aid is the MUCH better store overall in NJ;. Floor design, breadth of inventory, prices and deals provided are significantly better in Rite Aid than in even the newest Walgreens stores. Too often I have looked unsuccessfully for something I need in Walgreens, only to find it later with no problem at Rite-Aid. Sure… Walgreens has a modern feel, but their store layout is totally confusing and too often limited in product variety. ASSISTANCE is almost useless at Walgreens as many employees display inadequate knowledge of what is carried in the store.

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

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

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