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Rite Aid Unveils Modernized Distribution Center in Des Moines, Wash.

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Facility will enhance operations, generate new local jobs and serve more stores.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29, 2023 — Rite Aid (OTC: RADCQ) is proud to announce the expansion of its 266,000-square-foot distribution center in Des Moines, Wash., boasting a modern design and world-class technology that will serve 250 additional Rite Aid stores across Washington, Oregon and Idaho, beginning January 2024.

The newly renovated facility at 21202 24th Ave S, includes floor-to-ceiling, state-of-the-art OPEX® Infinity® technology, an automated goods-to-person solution that delivers items right to associate workstations for greater productivity and faster output. Rite Aid’s facility features the largest OPEX® Infinity® system created to date, measuring 45,000 square feet. Renovations also include fully upgraded office spaces, breakrooms, conference areas and locker rooms that showcase a clean, modern design.

The Des Moines facility is an integral part of our distribution network, and we’re now better equipped to execute with greater speed, agility and effectiveness that will position us for long-term success,” said Ron Gilbert, senior vice president, Supply Chain at Rite Aid. The investment in the facility is ultimately an investment in our partners, our people, our customers and our community.”

The expansion also brings approximately 50 new warehouse production positions to the local community, including pickers, receivers, sorters and maintenance engineers. More than 100 full-time employees currently operate the facility.

We have had a presence in the Des Moines community for the last seven years, and we’re excited for the opportunity to help generate more local jobs that offer a comprehensive benefits package and collaborative work environment,” said Jason Hudgins, manager, Human Resources at Rite Aid. It’s an exciting time to join our team as we work to meet the growing demands of the communities we proudly serve.”

Rite Aid will hold a job fair for prospective candidates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12-13, at the Des Moines Distribution Center. Candidates can interview onsite and tour the facility with various leaders. Learn more about the open roles or apply online by visiting

About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid is a full-service pharmacy that improves health outcomes. Rite Aid is defining the modern pharmacy by meeting customer needs with a wide range of vehicles that offer convenience, including retail and delivery pharmacy, as well as services offered through our wholly owned subsidiaries, Elixir, Bartell Drugs and Health Dialog. Elixir, Rite Aid’s pharmacy benefits and services company, consists of accredited mail and specialty pharmacies, prescription discount programs and an industry leading adjudication platform to offer superior member experience and cost savings. Health Dialog provides healthcare coaching and disease management services via live online and phone health services. Regional chain Bartell Drugs has supported the health and wellness needs in the Seattle area for more than 130 years. Rite Aid employs more than 6,300 pharmacists and operates more than 2,300 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states. For more information, visit

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