Last Tuesday, the drugstore chain Rite Aid announced that it was going to shut down at least 63 stores across the country.
CNBC reported that the chain has said that it is planning on closing these stores down due to a continuing review of their policies and they expect that it is possible that they might have to shut down even more stores in the coming months as well.
When the company released their earnings report, they stated the following:
“Revenues from Continuing Operations Increased 1.8 Percent to $6.23 Billion Compared to Prior Year Third Quarter Revenues from Continuing Operations of $6.12 Billion
Third Quarter Net Loss from Continuing Operations of $36.1 Million or $0.67 Per Share, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Net Income of $4.3 Million or $0.08 Per Share
Third Quarter Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations of $8.2 Million or $0.15 Per Share, Compared to the Prior Year Third Quarter Adjusted Net Income of $21.6 Million or $0.40 Per Share.”
“We delivered a solid quarter as we grew Adjusted EBITDA [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization] by 12.7 percent versus last year,” said Heyward Donigan, CEO and President of Rite Aid. “Despite challenges in the labor market, our pharmacists and store teams were able to meet the unprecedented volumes for COVID and flu immunizations, COVID testing and other clinical services, which clearly demonstrates our Lean work to free up capacity is paying off.”
“Today, we also announced the first phase of a store closure program to reduce costs, drive improved profitability and ensure that we have a healthy foundation to grow from, with the right stores in the right locations, for the communities we serve and for our business. We have identified an initial 63 stores for closure that is expected to provide an annual EBITDA benefit of approximately $25 million,” he added.
“Finally, I want to thank each and every one of our associates for everything they do. It is my greatest privilege to work alongside such a tremendous team, and I am forever grateful for their passion and commitment to our company, our customers and each other,” Donigan finished.
CNBC reported: “… Although it earned more than expected on an adjusted basis, its sales for the three months ended Nov. 27 came in lower than analysts expected. The retailer also cut its outlook for sales for the fiscal year.”
“Rite Aid shares were falling about 2% in premarket trading. The stock has dropped roughly 22% year to date, putting its market capitalization at nearly $692 million,” the outlet added.
CNN Business reported: “Rite Aid has approximately 2,500 stores across 19 states, so the closures amount to just 2% of its retail footprint.”
Rite Aid is not the only drug store chain that is attempting to change their model. Last month, CVS announced their plans to shutter 900 stores as they pivot toward a focus on health resources.
As The Daily Wire reported, “[t]he firm will create primary-care services at some sites, while converting others into health hubs that provide mental health services, hearing exams, and other screenings.”
“The company has been evaluating changes in population, consumer buying patterns and future health needs to ensure it has the right kinds of stores in the right locations for consumers and for the business,” CVS announced in a statement.