Monday, June 18, 2007

Rite Aid coming to Wexford...


My fellow Tattlers, why does it seem that so many pharmacies in the North Hills are either moving, remodeling or being built.

Walgreens is working its way into McKnight-Siebert Shopping Center on McKnight and at the former site of the North Hills YMCA along Pine Creek. Eckerd is moving its McKnight location near Save-On-Beer.

Now, Rite Aid is making its way into Wexford.
From the North Journal:

Rite Aid is close to finalizing plans to build a pharmacy on Perry Highway by 2009.

McCandless Planning Commission approved a lot consolidation and land development application for Atwell Hicks, Inc. for the Rite Aid Corp. to build a pharmacy at the intersection of Perry Highway and Reichold Road, at the location of the former DiPietro's Ristorante and the current Wendy's.

Well, it is nice to see a new business finally moving into the vacant space but a few others things are unsettling.

With approval, the Wendy's Restaurant would have to close to make way for the new drug store. At this point, I'm unsure if the fast food chain would build in another location because it seems like that type of establishment has been in a period of decline.

This approval would also guarantee an empty spot in Wexford Plaza, which currently houses an Eckerd Drug Store. In the near future, all local Eckerds will be converted into Rite Aid Pharmacies after the chain became the third largest in the country. The drug store bought Eckerd and Brooks Pharmacy chains in August.

From RetailNet:

Upon completion of the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, there will be approximately 5,000 Rite Aid stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, with coverage on both the East and West coasts.

For the general consumer, these changes would not mean much but it is interesting to try and visualize how this project would change Wexford's offerings. Only time will tell.

Working to keep you posted...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Seems a little odd that they would put one there when they're building already at the Wexford exit of 79.