One of two North Utica Rite-Aids to close

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - One of the two Rite-Aid pharmacies in North Utica is closing its doors next week.

The Rite-Aid at 121 Herkimer Road will close March 10. And re-open on the March 20 with a liquidation sale.

Rite-Aid spokesperson Ashley Flower said that the pharmacy files will be transferred to the Rite-Aid across the street. Flower said that the closing will not result in any job losses, and employees will be sent to other Rite-Aids, including the one across the street.

Rite-Aid announced in June 2007 that it acquired 351 Eckerd stores and 2 Brooks store in New York as part of its acquisition of the brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains.

The acquired stores and distribution centers were part of Rite Aid's purchase of 1,854 Brooks and Eckerd stores and six distribution centers in 18 states, primarily located on the East Cost and in the mid-Atlantic region.

The acquisition gave Rite Aid more than 5,000 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, with a strong presence on both the East and West coasts, making it the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast.

At the time, the company said that Eckerd stores would be integrated into Ride-Aid in phases.

However, some Eckerd stores were in close proximity to Rite-Aid stores - such as the two stores in North Utica.

Those two stores were situated across the street from each other, causing the company to evaluate performance and sales before coming to the decision to close the current location.

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