Rite Aid will begin its transfer of local stores tonight, as the computer systems for several local stores including two in Rome transfer pharmacy customer information to Walgreens.
Customers at the Rite Aid locations at 1616 and 1709 Black River Blvd. have been told that the pharmacies at those locations were to close at 5 p.m. today for computer upgrade.
“Those stores are part of the deal,” said Rite Aid spokesperson Ashley Flower. “They are being sold to Walgreens.” This is part of the transition of ownership that should take place through the spring, she said.
The initial announcement came in September, when the companies announced almost 2,000 Rite Aid locations would be sold to Walgreens along with three distribution centers.
Locally, the Rite Aid stores to change ownership are the two in Rome on Black River Boulevard, along with locations in Utica, Barneveld, Boonville, Herkimer, Frankfort and Ilion.
The Rite Aid store on Erie Boulevard West was not among the stores set to change ownership tonight.
Initially the stores will remain branded as Rite Aid, Flower noted, but will eventually be re-branded as Walgreens locations.
The immediate impact is that prescription information will be transferred to Walgreens.
Customers can still get their per filled prescriptions at the same locations or switch to existing Walgreens, officials said.
If customers want to stay with Rite Aid and fill their perceptions at other Rite Aid stores, Flower said, they can consult their pharmacists for assistance on site.