Downtown Steubenville Rite-Aid closing its doors
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
The Rite Aid store in downtown Steubenville will soon close its doors. Company representatives said this is due to Walgreens taking ownership of the store this year.
Prescriptions will be transferred to the Walgreens location on Sunset Boulevard while the Fifth Street Rite Aid's pharmacy will close August 23.
The store will close soon after, though no official date has been given.
Walgreens said it intends to find positions for the Rite Aid employees at other Walgreens stores.
Mayor Jerry Barilla said it's a blow to the downtown area.
"I felt that they just forgot about, (couldn’t) care less about downtown. Because there are many people living downtown, especially in government housing that do not have automobiles and they have no way to get up to Kroger’s in a normal fashion, and Rite Aid was a source they could at least walk to and get their necessities to function,” he said.
Barilla also said he's hopeful the company will reconsider, but it's completely out of the city's hands.