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Rite Aid in downtown Geneva closing

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.

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