New Rite Aid now open on West Side

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Inside of the West Side Rite Aid on Nov. 17, 2020. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. – An old standby in a new form, a new Rite Aid can now be found on McGregor Street, following its grand reopening earlier this month.

The new Rite Aid is one of four in the city and the only one on the West Side, although there is another Rite Aid in Bedford just a few hundred feet from the Manchester border.

While the new Rite Aid is approximate 1,000 sq. ft larger than the old one which was razed, it also has a new layout and more emphasis on grocery items, particularly sugar-free and gluten-free items.

West Side resident Charles Dubecky was a regular at the old Rite Aid and its predecessors for decades and he thinks the new format will be useful for nearby residents that need groceries but have difficulty obtaining transportation to nearby grocery stores and it fits well architecturally with nearby buildings such as the adjacent St. Mary’s Bank location.

“For years I kept on hearing it was going to happen, but it never happened. Then they finally went through with it,” he said. “It’s actually good for the community too, it fits in well with everything going on around here.”

The new Rite Aid is also just steps away from Catholic Medical Center’s main campus.

“We are so excited to have the new Rite-Aid open,” said Catholic Medical Center Spokesperson Lauren Collins-Cline. “It’s a huge asset for the neighborhood, it’s a huge asset for CMC patients and employees and it’s been really great to work with Rite-Aid while we saw this building being built and it’s great to see the continued development on this corner of the West Side.”

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and license to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.