Sheldon Silver’s Choice Rite Aid on Grand Street Gets Fancy Gourmet Makeover

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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The Rite Aid on Grand Street – where disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver buys Raisin Bran – is undergoing a total facelift. From top to bottom.

On the outside, the token red illuminated lettering was pried from the marquee, and new paint swatches added to the facade. The shopping experience within the pharmacy is also vastly improved. Improved to “gourmet” levels, you might say. It has to be, what with Essex Crossing and hordes of newcomers on the way.

Store layout is completely upended, with aisles no longer oriented perpendicular to the cash registers. The space is brighter and more airy by comparison.

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With the upgrade comes new flooring, end caps, and sleek refrigeration units (competing in the grocery game).

Neighbors speculate that the renovations might be part of the imminent acquisition of Rite Aid by Walgreens. That deal hasn’t gone through yet, as the FTC must weigh in. The Rite Aid at 408 Grand Street remains open during the remodeling.

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