Rite Aid has filed for bankruptcy amid billions of dollars in debt, changes in the retail space, and a potentially devastating lawsuit. They are set to close hundreds of stores immediately after this announcement. Fellow retail convenience/drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens are also closing hundreds of stores nationwide, although they have not filed for bankruptcy. Rite Aid was in talks to be acquired by Walgreens, but the nature of the retail space for all drug stores of its type made this deal impossible.
Rite Aid attempted to shift more into the medical care space by offering things like vaccinations and physical exams, to no avail. Despite having $24 billion in sales last year, Rite Aid is still struggling to pay long-term retail debt. Big box stores like Walmart and Target, alongside online retailers like Amazon, are a huge part of the reason why Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS may be a thing of the past in the very near future.
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