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New distribution center site eyed by Rite Aid

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rite Aid Corp. is reportedly seeking a site in greater Charlotte, N.C., for a new distribution center.

The Camp Hill, Pa.-based drug store chain is seeking to build a 600,000-square-foot-plus warehouse to supply its Southeastern drug stores, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.

The company already has more than 875,000 square feet of distribution space in the region, including a 586,000-square-foot warehouse in north Charlotte.

Its existing distribution centers serve some 450 stores in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and part of Virginia. Rite Aid has about 100 units within 100 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city.

Earlier this year, Rite Aid closed distribution centers in Newnan, Ga., and Bohemia, N.Y. The moves were part of the drug chain’s plan to consolidate its distribution network once it completed the integration of the Brooks Eckerd acquisition.

In other distribution news, Rite Aid reported that on December 10 it extended its pharmaceutical supply agreement with McKesson Corp. Plans call for McKesson to continue to supply the retailer with branded drugs, some generic drugs and specialty pharmaceuticals until April 1, 2013.


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