Rite Aid Corp. will soon be closing its store in Grayling

A pharmacy, which has been in business in Grayling for 20 years, ceased operations last week and the store will soon discontinue associated retail operations.
Rite Aid, located at 312 James Street, closed down its pharmacy on Tuesday, Feb. 13. 
Prescription information was transferred to the Grayling Walgreens, located at 2045 S. I-75 Business Loop. Customers, however, have the option of doing business with other pharmacies located in the community.
Last year, Walgreens purchased 1,900 Rite Aid stores across the nation. Ashley Flower, the senior manager for public relations for Rite Aid, said the deal had no impact on closing the store in Grayling.
“Locations in Michigan were not part of that transaction,” Flower said. 
Flower said closing the store was strictly a business decision, but would not elaborate on additional details.
“We really don’t specifically discuss our business decisions,” Flower said. 
The store will be closed soon after remaining retail merchandise is sold.
“There will be brief liquidation, and at conclusion of that, the store will be closed,” Flower said.
Flower confirmed that the lease for the property to Rite Aid ends in April, and could not disclose further details on the lease agreement.
According to Crawford County Equalization Department, which keeps deed and tax records, GRRA, LLC obtained the deed for the property in 1997. A building permit was obtained for the store in 1998.
No further information could be obtained regarding the Okemos-based corporation through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
“We typically do not disclose information which we have with our business partners,” Flower said.

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