PINE BELT (WDAM) - There were two Rite Aid stores in the Pine Belt at the start of 2018; one in Petal and one in Hattiesburg. Now, only the Petal location remains open, but it will soon close its doors for good, too.
According to an automated message from the Hattiesburg store, the location has been permanently closed and all pharmacy records have been transferred to a nearby Walgreens. This location has also been removed from riteaid.com's "Store Locator" feature.
The automated message from the Petal location says the store is currently open during normal business hours, but it will soon close and all prescriptions will be transferred to Walgreens. A message posted on the front door of the store said its pharmacy will close May 3 and the entire store will close for good on May 17.
Forbes reported late last month that Walgreens finalized a deal with Rite Aid to purchase 1,932 of its stores, plus three distribution centers, in a $4.4 billion cash deal.
Rite Aid's remaining 2,500 locations will be sold to Albertsons, a grocery store company, according to Forbes.