Photos by Stacie Joy
A tipster told us that the Rite Aid on Avenue D between Sixth Street and Seventh Street is closing.
During a visit late last week, two employees told us the following: "We don't know if we're really closing or not — they keep telling us different things."
Last month, Rite Aid said it plans to close a total of 145 “unprofitable” stores as part of its optimization efforts ... and is reportedly "looking to save in administrative and labor costs and make improvements across payroll and the supply chain, with total savings expected to reach $170 million in 2023."
Rite Aid opened here in the retail space of Niko East Village, the new 12-story retail-residential complex, in late 2018 ... after a move from its previous home one block to the north.
The Duane Reade closed on Avenue D at Second Street in November 2019 ... eventually replaced by a USA Super Stores outpost.