The Mid-South Retail Blog already has a series dedicated to Lost Histories of Mid-South Retail, but what about retail that's disappearing right before your very eyes? That's precisely what happened in 2018, when the ten remaining Rite Aid drugstores in the Memphis metropolitan area shut down, one by one, following their sale to competing pharmacy chain Walgreens. With a watchful eye over the Rite Aid store locator as the numbers dwindled and locations were erased, I managed to make it to no fewer than five of the Memphis-area stores before the brand disappeared from the Mid-South for good...
The list below contains all of the blog's posts documenting local Rite Aids (including those from before the liquidations, as well as those covering the failed Walgreens-Rite Aid merger), up to December 2020. It will be updated periodically to reflect more recent posts in the series.
January 2016 -- Rite Aid and Goodwill Bookstore (former Super D Drugstore), Horn Lake, MS
December 2016 -- Fred's Becomes America's Third-Largest Pharmacy Chain
July 2017 -- Walgreens-Rite Aid Merger Cancelled, Including Sale of Stores to Fred's
April 2018 -- Rite Aid, Southaven, MS
August 2018 -- Rite Aid Closing, Cordova, TN
December 2018 -- Rite Aid Closing, Horn Lake, MS
April 2019 -- Rite Aid Closing, Southaven, MS
August 2019 -- Rite Aid Closing, Germantown, TN
December 2019 -- Rite Aid, Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
December 2019 -- Memphis-Area Rite Aid Locations (2018)
April 2020 -- Vintage Pharmacy (Walgreens, former Rite Aid), Columbus, MS
May 2020 -- Contributor Post: Former Rite Aid, West End, Nashville, TN (Plus Various Other Fun Things and Blog Updates)