New Canton Rite Aid expected to open mid-January


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CANTON — A new, larger Rite Aid store on East Main Street is expected to open in mid-January when the Rite Aid in the Midtown Plaza closes, according to the store’s manager.

The new store will offer a drive-thru window for pharmacy pick-ups and will be more than twice the size of the existing Rite Aid store.

Kevin J. Bishop, the store’s manager, said company officials expect that the new site, on a busy stretch of Main Street on the east side of the village, will increase business.

“It’s a busy road that gets a lot of traffic,” Mr. Bishop said. “The drive-thru will be convenient for customers who are trying to get home quick.”

He noted that the store is also across the street from the E.J. Noble building that houses medical offices and close to the St. Lawrence University campus.

The 11,130-square-foot store is about twice the size of the existing store that’s been in the Midtown Plaza on Miner Street since 1980.

Mr. Bishop said about six more part-time employees and a second pharmacist may be hired to work at the new store. The existing store has seven employees, including one pharmacist.

Eventually, the new store may be converted to a Walgreens Pharmacy, he said.

“That’s more than likely to happen,” Mr. Bishop said.

In September, Walgreens purchased 1,932 Rite Aid stores for $4.38 billion in a deal that was approved by the Federal Trade Commission. The Walgreen Company is the second largest pharmacy store chain in the U.S. behind CVS Health.

Rite Aid is the largest drugstore chain on the east coast and the third largest in the United States.

Mr. Bishop said the larger store is expected to offer a wider selection of products and possibly high-end vitamins that aren’t now sold at the existing store.

Like other newer Rite Aid stores, the building’s exterior features stone wainscoting on the lower half and a cement-type siding.

The existing Rite Aid building is owned by Garry Cohen, a New York City businessman, who purchased the plaza in 1996.

Mr. Cohen owns much of the Midtown Plaza, which at one time was busy with commerce. Most of the stores and other businesses are now vacant. The largest vacant storefront formerly housed Save A Lot grocery store, which has been empty for more than a decade.

Canton Village Mayor Michael Dalton said village officials are eager to have more businesses in the plaza.

“We would like to see more activity and I have been in touch with Garry Cohen, but right now there’s not on the table that’s being discussed,” he said.


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