A sign on the door and letter recently sent to local prescription customers notes "your neighborhood Rite Aid at 901 E. Main Street in Barnesville is now part of Walgreens."
"Over the next two years we’ll be converting stored owned by Walgreens and installing new systems," the letter states.
The pharmacy/convenience store on the village’s east end opened with fanfare in the early 1980s as a People’s Drug Store. In April 1989, Peoples Drug's 114 unit Lane Drug of Ohio was purchased by Rite Aid, according to Wikipedia Encyclopedia. This transaction included the Barnesville store.
The current transition goes back three years. In late 2015, Walgreens announced that it would acquire Rite Aid for $9.4 billion pending approval. However, in June 2017, over fear of antitrust regulations, Walgreens Boots Alliance announced it would buy roughly half of Rite Aid's stores for $5.18 billion. This past September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved a fourth deal agreement to purchase Rite Aid with 1,932 stores for $4.38 billion total, according to industry online sources, the online encyclopedia notes.