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Following Rite Aid’s recent bankruptcy filing, the company revealed it is set to close 53 more locations. While the 6201 Germantown Avenue store remained safe in 2023, the branch will say goodbye to the neighborhood next month after 25 years of service. Its pharmacy will close today, April 16th.

The closure has left many residents feeling uneasy, as they now face the prospect of not having a pharmacy within walking distance. Kimberly Kamara, a close neighbor, calls it devastating for many, especially the elderly and vulnerable populations, who rely on close service and access to their medication.

“It’s like a bad break up,” says Kimberly Kamara, who’s used the location since it opened in 1999. “My prescriptions are there. I go in there at least once a week for my beauty products and hygiene needs.”

If you haven’t already made arrangements to transfer your records, residents with prescriptions at this Rite Aid pharmacy can expect them to be sent to the nearest Acme at 7010 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy.

Another neighbor, Sherri Lynn, stopped by the store last Thursday and saw information about the closure. She says the news is upsetting and that having a pharmacy within walking distance is “amazing.”

One customer said while the walkability is essential, it’s also about “insurance coverage,” saying not all nearby pharmacies accept all insurance.

As it stands, the closest pharmacies, besides the Mt. Airy Acme, include:

  • Philly Metro Pharmacy (25 East Walnut Lane), 0.2 miles away
  • Healing Pharmacy (109 West Chelten Avenue), 0.7 miles away
  • Walgreen Pharmacy (112 West Chelten Avenue), 0.7 miles away
  • Rite Aid (164 West Chelten Avenue), 0.9 miles away
  • Germantown Pharmacy Inc (5100 Germantown Avenue), 1.2 miles away

The retail portion of the store will be available for purchases until Sunday, May 19. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., closing at 8 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, please call (215) 713-2695.