The Rite Aid Pharmacy on Highway 45 will close later this month after Walgreens bought more than 1,900 Rite Aid stores nationwide. All prescription accounts locally have already been transferred to the Columbus Walgreens. Photo by: Slim Smith/Dispatch Staff
May 8, 2018 10:36:52 AM
The Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 1800 Highway 45 N., will close its doors this month after a March deal between the company and Walgreens, the nation's largest pharmacy chain.
Signs at the store announced a closing date of May 3, when prescriptions were transferred to the Walgreens location across 18th Avenue at 1728 Hwy 45 N., but the store is remaining open as it liquidates its stock and will close permanently on May 18, according to an employee who asked not to be identified.
In March, the Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid announced it had transferred 1,651 stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance as part of a larger deal with the nation's largest pharmacy chain.
In all, Walgreens is buying 1,932 stores and three distribution centers from Rite Aid for nearly $4.4 billion.
According to Lowndes County Tax Assessor Greg Andrews, the building is 10,952 square feet and was built in 1999. Andrews said records identify the owner of the property as 1800 Highway 45 North LLC. The property is being marketed by SRS Real Estate Partners in Birmingham, Alabama. There was no price on the company's listing of the property.
Slim Smith is a columnist and feature writer for The Dispatch. His email address is [email protected]
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