Rite Aid is a drugstore operator.
Rite Aid is currently in a state of flux. Currently, they are waiting on shareholders vote to approve a merger with Albertson's. Although Rite Aid faces many challenges, they remain a popular asset in the net lease market due to strong fundamentals: highly demanded corner locations and long-term NNN leases. The overall stability of the pharmacy sector also creates interest and demand for Rite Aid net lease properties. With their acquisition of pharmacy chains Brooks, in the northeast, and Eckerd's, in the Carolina's and Georgia, Rite Aid has been able to remain as one of the largest pharmacy chains in the nation in regards to market presence. These acquisitions have been weighing heavily on their balance sheet and were set to be acquired by Walgreens. In lieu of a merger, Rite Aid agreed to sell over 1,900 locations for $4.375 billion.
Between the acquisition of rival chains and its financial woes, Rite Aid has been selling corporate owned sites through sale leaseback transactions, and in the process they have been willing to provide more favorable lease terms than their competitors. Rite Aid has been offering a 20-year primary term with 10% rental increases every ten (10) years. Rite Aid would often agree to lease rates that are in-line with the local market rather than using their size and strong credit to negotiate a low rent. New store openings have diminished and most of the newly leased Rite Aid-occupied properties have been generated through these sale leaseback transactions. These sale leasebacks offer an investor a look at historical store sales, potentially alleviating some of the risk. The re-use or redevelopment of these net-leased assets is of utmost importance to current investors when evaluating Rite Aid investments. The underlying real estate asset may be the driving force behind these investment decisions. Allowing investors to purchase a location with great real estate fundamentals at a high cap rate. The typical Rite Aid operates in a 11,000 -15,000 square foot building, sitting on 1.0 - 2.0 acres of land.
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the leading drugstore chains in the United States and a Fortune 500 company, #94 in 2018. As of 3/8/2018, Rite Aid operated 2,550 stores in 19 states across the country. Headquartered in Camp Hill, a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rite Aid is publicly traded company, NYSE: RAD.
Rite Aid stores service prescription drug customers and offer an assortment of other general merchandise, which it calls front-end products. Front end products include over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, personal care items, cosmetics, household items, beverages, convenience foods, greeting cards, seasonal merchandise, and other everyday and convenience products, as well as photo processing. It offers approximately 3,300 products under the Rite Aid private brand.
The overall average size of each store in the Company's chain is between 11,000 and 15,000 square feet. Over 50% of its stores are freestanding and approximately 50% of its stores include a drive-thru pharmacy. Many locations also feature one-hour photo shops and include a GNC store-within-Rite Aid-store.