Business: Second Rite Aid closing in Rome; this one at Shorter and Division. Plus: Other activity at this intersection so far this year.

Business: Second Rite Aid closing in Rome; this one at Shorter and Division. Plus: Other activity at this intersection so far this year.

A second Rite Aid location in Rome is closing in early September. For one, the pharmacy at the store at 15 N. Division St. NW will close Thursday, Aug. 23. All prescriptions will  be transferred to the Walgreen’s at 701 Martha Berry Blvd. across from Floyd Medical Center. The store itself closes two weeks later. The official word:

“As you may know, Walgreens recently purchased 1,932 locations from Rite Aid. As announced last October, we will be closing some store locations to help ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to create a more focused network of stores that can deliver the greatest value for our customers. As part of this effort, Walgreens-owned Rite Aid located at 15 N. Division St. in Rome will close and prescription files will be available at the Walgreens located at 701 Martha Berry Blvd. The pharmacy’s last day of business will be Aug. 23 and the store will remain open for about two more weeks for a final sale. We expect to have positions at other locations for the majority of affected team members. Closing stores is never an easy decision. Our goal is to ensure that we have the right number of stores in the right locations to continue to help us deliver the greatest value for our customers.” — Phil Caruso, Media Relations, Walgreens.

Background: The store is in the same campus as the West Rome IGA which closed in January. The supermarket location remains up for lease; contact Jimmy Byars or Jimmy Kelley at Hardy Realty for more.

Also at this intersection: Work is under way to build a private urgent/immediate care clinic with nearly 5,000 square feet under roof and worth near $750,000. Permits are on file at the building department.

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