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Rite Aid store to close Sept. 26

August 11, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Rite Aid drugstore in Waynesboro Mall will close Sept. 26, the victim of a dwindling market, a corporate spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Allison Costello, who spoke from Rite Aid's corporate headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa., did not know when the Waynesboro store opened or how many people worked there. Queries to store employees were directed to corporate headquarters.

The store is one of five Rite Aid stores in Franklin County, Pa.

Costello said all of the store's prescription files were sold and transferred in July to the CVS Pharmacy at 40 S. Broad St. in Waynesboro.

"We're closing the Waynesboro store to focus our efforts and resources in markets where we have a more significant presence," Costello said.

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She said employees in the Waynesboro store will be offered jobs in nearby Rite Aid stores, including two in Chambersburg, Pa., one in Fayetteville, Pa., and one in Greencastle, Pa.

Rite Aid, which opened its first store in Scranton, Pa., in 1962, has more than 4,000 stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia, Costello said.

The corporation prides itself on being a neighborhood store, according to company literature.

Harvey Baer of Baltimore, who owns Waynesboro Mall, did not return phone calls.

Rite Aid's exodus will bring to five the number of vacant storefronts in the mall, which is anchored by a Kmart department store and a Super Fresh grocery store.

The mall contains 15 other stores, including Blockbuster Video, Ace Hardware Store, Little Caesars Pizza, a Subway sandwich shop, a dry-cleaning shop, Allegany Optical, a Sprint communications store, a Hallmark card store, a medical lab, Sherwin-Williams paint store, a flower and gift shop, and a hair salon.

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