By Margo Lemberger
Employees at the Rite Aid between 69th and 70th Streets on Amsterdam learned over the weekend the store will be permanently closing on November 16th, multiple employees told West Side Rag. They said they had no hint that this was coming.
The last few years have not been easy for the store. Rite Aid had to deal with scaffolding that obscured its entrance, and then the construction of 200 Amsterdam Avenue next door, which made traversing the area more complicated. The store had been in danger of closing before, but survived even after a “For Rent” sign went up in 2013. The store has been open for decades.
No further shipments will be coming in, and prescriptions will need to be transferred immediately, employees said. The store serves a hefty portion of the local older population, as well as students from nearby schools, who will now have to find other accommodations. Some locals have sent us anguished notes since learning of the closing: “No more cheap groceries in the neighborhood anymore,” read one.
Rite Aid’s Media Relations Office did not respond to requests for comment.