Rite Aid closing at least 63 stores

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Re: Rite Aid closing at least 63 stores

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Is there some sort of rule (may be state-by-state) about how far you can transfer a file? Noticed in a local Patch newspaper that the RA store that closed in Brighton, MI transferred its' file to the nearby Walgreens (probably makes sense, as the closest RA were 3-4 miles away, passing by that Walgreens, one or two CVS and a Meijer.)
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Prescriptions can be transferred to other states and territories within the U.S. A few states do not allow prescriptions to be transferred in or out.

Prescriptions cannot be transferred from outside of the U.S.
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Romr123 wrote: June 18th, 2022, 5:14 am Is there some sort of rule (may be state-by-state) about how far you can transfer a file? Noticed in a local Patch newspaper that the RA store that closed in Brighton, MI transferred its' file to the nearby Walgreens (probably makes sense, as the closest RA were 3-4 miles away, passing by that Walgreens, one or two CVS and a Meijer.)
Could be state by state but I've seen files transferred miles away. I think I came up with a CVS example in the other thread in AZ where a CVS transferred more than 10 miles away to the next nearest CVS.
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No, I didn't mean transferring state-to-state, just that the rules might differ from an individual state's board of pharmacy. I've got to believe that each of the big 3 knows very closely their drawing area for each pharmacy and from historical behavior what the mid-term and long-term prognosis for a transferred file (both a transferred-in file and a transferred-out file.) I presume that each of the 3 has a $$$ amount that they'll not go beyond buying a file...nice multivariate analysis program.
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Noticed today the Big Win Seltzer Water (1 L, Plain or Lemon Lime- used to be $1, then recently increased to 1.39, then had been on sale for .75) was gone and replaced by some new Crystal Lake Sparkling Spring Water, still in a plastic bottle, product of Canada, cost 1.99, in a few good looking flavors. Even the date code on the bottles is in Canadian format.

So their food private label, despite many Big Win items disappearing, most not being replaced by Essential Everyday, still seems to be being developed. What a weird situation.

Also saw gallons of Big Win Water on clearance for 37 cents, and 25oz bottles of Crystal Lake Water on clearance for 24 or 29 cents. Odd items to clearance vs. just sell through.
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I saw the new sparkling water.Crystal Lake is a legacy brand initially used for drinking water,it was largely supplanted by big win but never completely went away.

Some more observations while riding transit to and from(one day and over with)jury duty: despite being slated otherwise 1730 Watt has still yet to receive updated exterior signage while both 4241 Marconi and 4010 manzanita(walkable distance from home) do both have new signs.All three locations do reasonable volume,but the fact that Watt (once a 24-hour location) still has old red signs is interesting.Of course,getting new exterior signs and/or Wellness remodels haven't always prevented such stores from closure(i.e.,5712 Folsom).I want to relieve myself of the thought that more closures could possibly be announced in connection with Thursday's fy2023q1 results,but the staffing disaster at not only both citrus heights locations but other locations locally and in other markets isn't exactly reassuring.Divine intervention prevailed today,now only if it does so on Thursday as well.

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norcalriteaidclerk wrote: June 20th, 2022, 6:03 pm I saw the new sparkling water.Crystal Lake is a legacy brand initially used for drinking water,it was largely supplanted by big win but never completely went away.

Some more observations while riding transit to and from(one day and over with)jury duty: despite being slated otherwise 1730 Watt has still yet to receive updated exterior signage while both 4241 Marconi and 4010 manzanita(walkable distance from home) do both have new signs.All three locations do reasonable volume,but the fact that Watt (once a 24-hour location) still has old red signs is interesting.Of course,getting new exterior signs and/or Wellness remodels haven't always prevented such stores from closure(i.e.,5712 Folsom).I want to relieve myself of the thought that more closures could possibly be announced in connection with Thursday's fy2023q1 results,but the staffing disaster at not only both citrus heights locations but other locations locally and in other markets isn't exactly reassuring.Divine intervention prevailed today,now only if it does so on Thursday as well.

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Staffing is tight. Recently observed assistant manager from South Lake Tahoe helping in Gardnerville Store. Both stores are on limited hours. This is really strange given Tahoe is obviously short staffed given it is summer, and also it has to be something of a paperwork mess to transfer an employee across a state line to work (given the no personal income tax in NV thing).

I wonder if they'd remodel/downsize Watt to the newest prototype... they already let go of a lot of space there but could afford to let go of a lot more.

CVS is also having staffing problems in Reno area recently closing pharmacies at 7 on weeknights and 6 on weekends. Tried to go into a CVS Store the other night around 7 PM, all the lights were on, but the doors were locked and nobody was present inside. No notes or anything. In other cases I have seen CVS close early they always leave a note (typically handwritten). The self checkouts were even still lit up as open and a checkstand had an open light on. The only other people around were other customers trying to get into the store too.

Walgreens reportedly does not allow the store to put any signs up about closing a store and/or pharmacy early and any stores that do so are subject to termination of management. They say posting such signs give the customer the impression Walgreens cannot meet their needs and I guess want a customer to walk all the way back to a closed pharmacy that is supposed to be open then ask one of the front end employees in the understaffed store why it is closed/when it will be open again. But by no circumstances can a sign be posted.
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I can offer some insight into sudden pharmacy closures. At my pharmacy, we have been understaffed due to people being out sick with COVID.

Ever since the COVID drug Paxlovid came out, doctors have been sending us visibly sick and coughing COVID patients. They walk right in and wait in the long line coughing and spreading germs. They are totally oblivious to the fact that they are contagious. They get their medication and then they want to checkout a cart full of merchandise.

There are doctors that do not educate their patients about how contagious COVID is.

People sick with COVID should have someone else pick up their prescriptions or do curbside pickup. However, they keep on coming inside to shop and spread their germs to everyone. I feel sorry for all of those people who have to be exposed to these sick people. I have to deal with these people on a daily basis.

A co-worker who is young and healthy was struck with COVID. He said he was sicker than he had ever been. He lost his sense of taste and smell. It has not yet fully returned. He can no longer enjoy food. The taste is totally ruined now.

Many pharmacies are closing early because so many employees are out sick. You cannot tell customers that the pharmacy closed early because a bunch of people went home sick with COVID. You just have to leave it as a mystery. The worst part is that many employees are catching COVID multiple times. They caught it before and are catching it again. The new strains are not prevented by previous infections.
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Alpha8472 wrote: June 21st, 2022, 1:19 am I can offer some insight into sudden pharmacy closures. At my pharmacy, we have been understaffed due to people being out sick with COVID.

Ever since the COVID drug Paxlovid came out, doctors have been sending us visibly sick and coughing COVID patients. They walk right in and wait in the long line coughing and spreading germs. They are totally oblivious to the fact that they are contagious. They get their medication and then they want to checkout a cart full of merchandise.

There are doctors that do not educate their patients about how contagious COVID is.

People sick with COVID should have someone else pick up their prescriptions or do curbside pickup. However, they keep on coming inside to shop and spread their germs to everyone. I feel sorry for all of those people who have to be exposed to these sick people. I have to deal with these people on a daily basis.

A co-worker who is young and healthy was struck with COVID. He said he was sicker than he had ever been. He lost his sense of taste and smell. It has not yet fully returned. He can no longer enjoy food. The taste is totally ruined now.

Many pharmacies are closing early because so many employees are out sick. You cannot tell customers that the pharmacy closed early because a bunch of people went home sick with COVID. You just have to leave it as a mystery. The worst part is that many employees are catching COVID multiple times. They caught it before and are catching it again. The new strains are not prevented by previous infections.
Not sure what happened with those vaccines and boosters that were supposed to prevent COVID. I assume most working in the pharmacy have had all of the possible vaccine boosters. Between boosters and previous infections it is troubling they are still catching this. Regardless what you heard the one thing you could conclude from listening to various talking points was if you had been previously infected you were supposedly "immune." And if vaccinated then you would be even more protected. Immune to that old variant you got, I guess, but not the new ones. These new strains are clearly very strong.

At this point the pharmacies have done a lot to tell sick customers to use drive through (if it is an option) or have spaces in the parking lot for sick customers to park at then call pharmacy so they don't enter the store. At this point if customers are this inconsiderate despite having options to not enter the store, after what we have gone through after 2+ years of this, it is really a disappointment. I shouldn't be surprised but this is very disappointing that customers have not learned at least a small degree of consideration.
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My pharmacy has run out of COVID vaccines. The Moderna vaccine supposedly is being replaced by a new version designed to protect against the newer Omnicron strains. The new one has not yet been released. There is a shortage of the Pfizer vaccine. Customer demand for boosters is virtually zero these days. Most people who wanted a booster already got it, and those who don't want vaccinations are still refusing to get it. Even if you have booster shots, you can still get the new strains. My coworker was boosted and still got very sick.
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