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About Us

Our Story


At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in your health and wellness. That’s why we deliver the products and services that you, our valued customer, need to lead a healthier, happier life. Everyone at Rite Aid—from our knowledgeable, caring associates and pharmacists to the members of our board of directors—works together to provide you with a superior pharmacy experience.

Rite Aid Corporation is also proud to be one of the nation's leading drugstore chains. With approximately 2,500 stores in 19 states, we have a strong presence on both the East and West Coasts, employing more than 51,000 associates. Our company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RAD.

Rite Aid Corporation History

1962
Our first store opens as Thrift D Discount Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

1965
We grow rapidly through acquisitions and the opening of new stores, expanding to five northeastern states.

1968
Our name officially changes to Rite Aid Corporation. We also make our first public offering and start trading on the American Stock Exchange.

1970
Rite Aid moves to the New York Stock Exchange.

1972
We now operate 267 stores in 10 states.

1981
Our company becomes the third-largest retail drugstore chain in the country.

1983
We pass the $1 billion sales mark for the first time.

1987
We celebrate our 25th anniversary and acquire 420 stores in Florida, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This greatly expands our market penetration and we pass the 2,000-store mark to become the nation's largest drugstore chain in terms of store count.

1995
The acquisition of Perry Drug Stores—the largest drugstore chain in Michigan—is our largest acquisition to date. We now operate nearly 3,000 stores.

1996
We expand services to the West Coast and the Gulf Coast region, through the acquisitions of Thrifty PayLess Holdings, Inc., Harco, Inc., and K & B Incorporated, adding over 1,000 stores to the company.

1999
We form a strategic partnership with General Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC), the largest specialty retailer of vitamins, mineral supplements, sports nutrition, and herbal products. This partnership leads to the creation of GNC "stores within stores" in Rite Aid locations across the country.

1999
A new management team joins Rite Aid to set a new course and create and execute a turnaround plan.

2004
Our strategic initiatives for growth now include a comprehensive focus on patient health and wellness programs, including heart health and allergy awareness, oral and skin care, diabetes and weight management, successful private label launches, and effective promotional and seasonal programs.

2007
We complete our purchase of the Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains, making us the largest drugstore chain on the East Coast and the third-largest nationally.

2010
We introduce our first-ever free customer rewards program, wellness+, which has become recognized as the best loyalty program in the drugstore channel*.

2012
To meet the needs of our value-driven consumers, we continue to revamp our entire private brand program with a new look, new brands, and additional offerings.

* Bond Brand Loyalty Study, 2014

Core Values


Our CORE Values - The principles that guide us.

Passion For Our Customers

We create unmatched levels of loyalty through our associates by being passionately committed to our customers and all we serve.

Caring Neighbors

We are caring neighbors, involved in community activities in meaningful ways and committed to reflecting the diversity of each community we serve.

Associate Development

We provide an environment that inspires and motivates the best people to choose to work here…where they can reach their fullest potential. We support personal growth and achievements. We dedicate ourselves to creating an experience for all of our associates that is easy, exciting and engaging.

Respect

Commitment to Diversity

We display behaviors that clearly show respect for others and with all their diversity. We invest the time to be exposed to different people, places and points of view and respect the dignity and potential of each individual.

Winning Through Teamwork

We work for the good of the company, not just an individual business or function, by freely offering help and assistance to others and seek it when needed. We provide praise and encouragement to fellow associates. Celebrate success…both individual and team.

Accountability

We consistently guide and lead teams to extraordinary results. We are accountable to the standards we set.

Integrity In All We Do

We demonstrate high integrity and develop organizations with unquestioned levels of integrity – never compromising on the pressures of the day. We openly consult with others whenever in doubt about any decision or action being the right one.

Value For Our Stakeholders

We are fiscally responsible and committed to consistently deliver value for our investors.

Commitment to Wellness


We know you want to take a more active role in managing your family’s well-being. We call this “wellness empowerment” and we have the tools and services to help, including the wellness+ rewards loyalty program, our Wellness Stores, and in-store Health and Wellness Associates.

wellness+ rewards

Our wellness+ rewards loyalty program is more than just a savings card. Yes, you can sign up for this free service in order to unlock in-store savings and load and redeem coupons on your card, but our program also provides valuable health and wellness benefits. As a wellness+ member, you gain 24/7 toll-free and online access to a pharmacist and earn points for most of your store purchases—points that, over time, can lead to up to 20% OFF non-sale prices everyday.

In-Store Health Screenings

Rite Aid provides in-store health screenings. These screenings can help you better understand your health status and guide you toward actions to improve your well-being. Health screenings are especially important for Rite Aid customers who lack access to preventative care or who may not have the time to schedule an appointment with their physician.

Wellness Stores

Our remodeled Wellness Stores provide improved access to products and services that help you and your family live healthier lives.

Our New Stores

Health and Wellness Associates

As members of our pharmacy teams, Health and Wellness Associates have extensive training to help make shopping in our Wellness Stores an informative experience.

Meet Our Health and Wellness Associates