Drug store shuffle: Rite Aid to choose which store to close

NORWICH – Eckerd Pharmacy drug stores in Norwich and Greene are among the 356 in New York that will be purchased by Rite Aid Corp., endangering local jobs and most likely closing a store in Norwich.

Rite Aid Corp. announced last week that it was purchasing the U.S. subsidiary of the Canadian firm the Jean Coutu Group Inc., including a total of 1,858 Eckerd and Brooks drug stores. A spokesperson for the firm said business will continue as usual up until closing, which is expected to happen sometime between December and the end of February. No exact dates were given.

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