GENEVA — Downtown Geneva is losing its only pharmacy. The Rite Aid at 127 Castle St. will close on Monday, June 17.

The store was one of 1,932 purchased by pharmacy giant Walgreens in 2017. There is another Rite Aid on Hamilton Street, across from Walgreens, but that location is not affected, as Walgreens did not purchase that location. Federal regulators would not allow the chain to purchase all Rite Aid stores because it would have left the nation with only two national pharmacies — Walgreens and CVS.

The manager of the Rite Aid location said she could not comment and referred questions to Walgreens media relations. “As announced during our October 2017 earnings, we are in the process of closing some store locations to help ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to create a more focused network of stores that can deliver the greatest value for our customers,” said a Walgreens spokesperson on Wednesday by email.

The Walgreens spokesperson said customer prescription records will be transferred to the Walgreens at 431 Hamilton St. once the Rite Aid pharmacy on Castle Street has closed. “Walgreens is notifying patients/customers of this change,” said the spokesperson, who added that the store will remain open for about two weeks after the pharmacy closes to allow for the final sale of all products.

“We are committed to taking care of our team members throughout this process, and expect to have positions at other locations for the majority of store employees who are impacted,” the spokesperson said. “We will be making every effort to find the same or similar positions for team members.” City Manager Sage Gerling said she was sorry to learn that Rite Aid is departing downtown, but is hopeful that the building finds a new use that benefits the community. “The closing of Rite Aid downtown is a disappointment as the store provides basic necessities and pharmacy needs for many of our residents with limited access to transportation,” she said. “As we work on addressing food access issues, hopefully this unanticipated challenge will be turned into a community opportunity.”

GENEVA — Downtown Geneva is losing its only pharmacy.

The Rite Aid at 127 Castle St. will close on Monday, June 17.

The store was one of 1,932 purchased by pharmacy giant Walgreens in 2017.

There is another Rite Aid on Hamilton Street, across from Walgreens, but that location is not affected, as Walgreens did not purchase that location. Federal regulators would not allow the chain to purchase all Rite Aid stores because it would have left the nation with only two national pharmacies — Walgreens and CVS.

The manager of the Rite Aid location said she could not comment and referred questions to Walgreens media relations.

“As announced during our October 2017 earnings, we are in the process of closing some store locations to help ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to create a more focused network of stores that can deliver the greatest value for our customers,” said a Walgreens spokesperson on Wednesday by email.

The Walgreens spokesperson said customer prescription records will be transferred to the Walgreens at 431 Hamilton St. once the Rite Aid pharmacy on Castle Street has closed.

“Walgreens is notifying patients/customers of this change,” said the spokesperson, who added that the store will remain open for about two weeks after the pharmacy closes to allow for the final sale of all products.

“We are committed to taking care of our team members throughout this process, and expect to have positions at other locations for the majority of store employees who are impacted,” the spokesperson said. “We will be making every effort to find the same or similar positions for team members.”

City Manager Sage Gerling said she was sorry to learn that Rite Aid is departing downtown, but is hopeful that the building finds a new use that benefits the community.

“The closing of Rite Aid downtown is a disappointment as the store provides basic necessities and pharmacy needs for many of our residents with limited access to transportation,” she said. “As we work on addressing food access issues, hopefully this unanticipated challenge will be turned into a community opportunity.”

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Fred VonFirstenberg

"As we work on addressing food access issues, hopefully this unanticipated challenge will be turned into a community opportunity.”

Outstanding! The taxpayers are saving money.

The "pharmacy" sold beer, chips and overpriced bread and diapers to lazy people who can't get off their butts and contribute to society.

The dregs will hang out there more than ever once it's vacant.

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