What Albertsons Purchase of Rite Aid Means for Drug Retail

February 20, 2018
Updated 5mo ago

Albertsons is buying a big portion of Rite Aid to create a company worth $24 Billion. Shares of Rite Aid soared as much as 8 percent on the news. This acquisition comes as many retailers join forces to compete with Amazon, which is involved in nearly every industry from retail, to grocery, and now even healthcare. Wall Street Journal Reporter Heather Haddon and Bold Media's Business Editor David Grasso explain what this deal means for drug retail.

"Rite Aid was really put at a disadvantage right after the stuttered Walgreens deal," says Haddon. "This was really about Rite Aid helping to reposition themselves, get access to a whole new market of Albertsons customers, and in turn Albertsons gets a lot of pharmacy customers and cross-marketing opportunities."

"We are seeing a lot of disruption, and everyone is shaking in their boots," says Grasso. "It's all about survival.

Through this deal the integrated company will operate 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters, and 320 clinics across 38 states and Washington, D.C.