Monday, April 20, 2009

Shocker: A Rite Aid is closing

Whoa. This is an unusual site. On Seventh Avenue just below 14th Street. I'm used to seeing, "Coming soon: Rite Aid/Duane Reade/Etc."

Given the sale, I thought I'd check it out... get a few basics (toothpaste, etc.) on the cheap. Maybe some kitsch? Well. Picked over isn't quite the right phrase. It was as if I was transported to the Warehouse of Shit No One Would Ever Buy at Rite Aid's Camp Hill, Pa., home office.

Like what, you ask?

I didn't buy anything. I asked the cashier why the store was closing, likely the 10,000th time that he had been asked this question this past weekend. "Business decision." Hmm.

Meanwhile, the Duane Reade down the block is already cherry-picking Rite Aid's old customers. (Never mind that there's a Rite Aid on Sixth Avenue and 13th Street...and Ninth Avenue and 22nd and Eighth Avenue and 24th and...)


Media glut said...

Good riddance!
The upside of the downturn is going to be watching crap like this move out.
Coming soon: greedy landlords begging for ANYONE to rent their storefronts cheap.

hntrnyc said...

Scooby Doo Tattoo book and you passed on it? Grieve!

NYC Free Concerts said...

Rite Aid is closing 117 stores,0,83742.story

Duane Reade is in trouble too.

Anonymous said...

Creosote sweeping log? At least three kinds of angel figurines? SCOOBY DOO TATTOOS??? I can't believe the savvy manager of this Rite-Aid couldn't keep it afloat.

Jeremiah Moss said...

great selection of crap!

EV Grieve said...

The Scooby Doo tattoos were tempting.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

Wow. I'm surprised they bothered with a sale and didn't just ship everythign off to another store a few blocks away.