Just a few days after filming an alleged shoplifting incident at the Rite Aid on 80th and Second Avenue, actor Michael Rapaport has returned to his soon-to-be-closed local drug store to document its empty shelves.
“Back at my Rite Aid and there’s nothing to steal because this Rite Aid, like so many other Rite Aids, is closing down because everybody stole everything. And the workers here don’t know if they’re getting jobs. Congratulations losers.”
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The Rite Aid, located at 1535 Second Avenue, is expected to close on February 15. A security guard told Rapaport that this location has been dealing with a very high volume of thefts.
In December 2021, Rite Aid announced it would be closing 63 of its 2,500 stores in the coming months, which amounts to roughly 2% of its retail presence. Representatives from the company said this series of closures would boost its profits by about $25 million.
“Today, we also announced the first phase of a store closure program to reduce costs, drive improved profitability and ensure that we have a healthy foundation to grow from, with the right stores in the right locations, for the communities we serve and for our business,” the company wrote in a press release. “We have identified an initial 63 stores for closure that is expected to provide an annual EBITDA benefit of approximately $25 million.”