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No changes in store for Rite Aid

NORTH CANAAN — Is the Rite Aid in the center of town — previously Brooks and Canaan Pharmacy before that — poised for yet another change?

“Absolutely not,” said Ashley Flower, a media representative for the Camp Hill, Pa.-based corporation. “It’s business as usual at that store. It’s actually one of our very successful stores, and we have no plans to change operations there.”

Rumors were fueled by customers who noticed Rite Aid brand products being moved in large numbers to clearance shelves. Employees there said rumors were circulating online, and they were seeing some of the same signs in the store that they saw before the changeover from Brooks: store brand movement and changes to cash register receipts that reflect formats other chains are using.

Employees said they have heard nothing yet from the store owner; but they said they first heard about the last changeover, from Brooks to Rite Aid, by reading about it in The Lakeville Journal.

In August 2006, Rite Aid bought more than 1,800 Brooks and Eckerd stores and distribution centers along the east coast, changing all the stores to Rite Aids by June 2007. Flower said there are currently no pending acquisitions either by or of Rite Aid.

“Putting items on clearance is part of business for us,” Flower said. “Any changes customers see in our stores are just part of us trying to do business better.”

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