14:00 | 20.10.2015
Rite Aid Celebrates Grand Re-opening at 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
and other city, state and community officials will join Rite Aid
Executive Vice President of Operations Bryan Everett at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the Rite Aid at 300 Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore. The store has been operating out
of a temporary trailer since May after sustaining significant damage
during the protests earlier this year. The ribbon-cutting will take
place today at 1 p.m.
Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama Broderick Johnson,
Maryland State Senator Catherine Pugh, Baltimore City Council President
Jack Young, Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello, Baltimore City
Councilman Nick Mosby and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Dean
Natalie Eddington will also participate in the grand re-opening ceremony.
“Rite Aid is proud of its longstanding commitment to the Baltimore
community, having had a presence in the city for nearly 40 years,” said
Everett. “Re-opening and re-building at 300 Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard was a priority for our Company, as we know local community
residents depend on Rite Aid for both their health and everyday needs.
Thanks to the efforts of our many associates, our builders and city,
state and federal officials over the past five months, we are here
today. We look forward to welcoming back our customers and delivering on
our mission of improving the health and wellness of Baltimore.”
In honor of the grand re-opening, The Rite Aid Foundation will present a
$10,000 donation to Bettye M. Adams, principal of The Historic Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School. The school, which is located less
than a half mile from the Rite Aid at 300 Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard, serves nearly 500 students and will use the donation to help
fund athletic equipment for physical education classes in support of
furthering the physical fitness and wellbeing of the students.
Rite Aid currently operates 30 stores in the city of Baltimore and an
additional 70 locations in the surrounding area and employs
approximately 800 associates.
The re-built store features the Company’s highly popular Genuine
Wellbeing store format, which was designed with Rite Aid’s commitment to
providing services, products and resources to help its customers and
their families live healthy lives in mind.
Upon entering the store, there is a direct wooden path leading to the
pharmacy department, the core of Rite Aid’s business. Wellness Stores
have pharmacists with special training in diabetes care, medication
management and the ability to immunize against about a dozen diseases.
The store features a private pharmacist consultation room adjacent to
the pharmacy where Rite Aid pharmacists can have conversations with
patients, administer immunizations and offer other clinical pharmacy
Also available to customers as a resource, a Wellness Ambassador, which
serves as a bridge between the front end of the store and the pharmacy.
Wellness Ambassadors work closely with Rite Aid pharmacists to provide
customers with access to information on over-the-counter medications,
vitamins and supplements and Rite Aid programs and services.
Other key design features include overhead departmental rings
designating each section of the store such as beauty, food, home care
and seasonal; a relaxing, warm color palette with soothing wood tones
and softer lighting; a reconfigured check-out area; multiple drive-thru
pharmacy lanes; hundreds of new health and wellness products including
organic and gluten-free foods; expanded vitamin selection; a
free-standing nail bar as part of the expanded cosmetics and beauty
section; and an expanded food department including the addition of food
and beverage coolers.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading
drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District
of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion.
Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press
releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
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