Rite Aid closing one of two Cheshire locations



CHESHIRE — One of two town-based Rite Aid stores is closing permanently, the drug store company’s corporate offices announced recently.

Of the two Rite Aid locations in town—one at 922 South Main St. and another at 180 Main St.—the one on South Main Street will be closed permanently by Thursday. Terri Hickey, director of public relations for the company, released a statement about the closure, stating that the decision was made after a “regular review of each of our locations.” To ensure that Rite Aid is “meeting the needs of our customers, communities and overall business,” the decision was made to close the South Main Street location.

“During our December (third quarter) earnings call, we announced that we would be closing 63 stores across the U.S. – approximately 2 percent of our total locations,” Hickey said, in the statement. “A decision to close a store is one we take very seriously and those decisions are based on a variety of factors that retail businesses consider such as overarching business strategy, lease and rent considerations, local business conditions and viability, and store performance.”

There are no plans to close the second location, and Hickey did not state whether the close proximity of the two stores played a roll in the decision to close one of them.

“...we strive to transfer associates to other Rite Aid locations where possible,” Hickey said. “We look forward to continuing to serve our communities and expanding in new ways to new markets to become a pharmacy that serves customers nationally.” 

Cheshire Economic Development Coordinator Andrew Martelli told The Herald there has already been interested in the South Main Street property. He did not disclose any further details on potential tenants. 

“As with (all) private property transactions and negotiations I can’t comment at this time,” he said.



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