Rite Aid and Save-A-Lot have been involved in a pilot project in several South Carolina locations, in which Save-A-Lot has sold groceries in the front end of underperforming Rite Aid pharmacies. Apparently it has worked well:
"The stores have done extremely well since opening and as a group are comping up over 100% on the front end with pharmacy running consistent with the trends before the conversion,” John Standley, Rite Aid’s chief executive officer, said in a conference call discussing the retailer’s quarterly financial results Thursday.
Reportedly there are negotiations between the firms to expand the project. It's an interesting approach, and at this point any good news has to be welcome for Rite Aid.