Walgreens replaces Rite Aid

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WILMINGTON — Say goodbye to Rite Aid and say hello to Walgreens.

"Walgreens is actually buying Rite Aid out nationwide," said Andrew Gault, account manager for Anchor Signs, Inc. "So they're just doing a conversion process of Rite Aid to Walgreens at all of the properties."

Gault told the Wilmington Development Review Board the "official turnover date" is Friday, April 26. He said the store will be closed for a short period of time but the pharmacy will stay open while some interior remodeling is completed. He noted a clearance sale was happening.

On its website, Walgreens said many Rite Aid locations — especially in the Northeast and southern parts of the United States — will be joining its family.

"Taking care of patients, customers and our local communities is our top priority, and we look forward to having the opportunity to continue serving you," Walgreens said, adding in a section devoted to frequently asked questions: "The staff you know and trust will remain."

The company said customers can expect products and services to largely stay the same but "eventually, we will convert the Rite Aid stores to the full Walgreens experience, including signs, products, services and customer programs."

A local permit is being sought to allow changes to existing internally illuminated signs at the 107 East Main St. store. An approximately 27-square-foot freestanding Rite Aid sign by the main entrance is to be replaced by an approximately 19-square-foot Walgreens sign, and a pharmacy sign out front will be moved to a side of the property, according to the plan. Signs indicating where to enter and exit, and a height limitation in the drive-thru will stay the same except possibly for the colors.

Gault said the signs would not negatively affect public safety or pedestrian traffic nor would they violate other parts of municipal ordinances. The board has 45 days to issue a decision.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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