ECHO PARK — An Echo Park resident recommended that The Eastsider pay a visit to the remodeled Rite Aid on Glendale Boulevard. The exterior of building, one of the sadder looking of the chain drug stores in the area, does not look much different. The new blacktop on the parking lot already shows numerous stains that appear to be both automotive and human in nature. Inside, however, the store sports a new layout, decor and signage.
The aisles, which used to cut across the store in a diagonal pattern, are now broken up into clusters, with a wide, winding pathway leading from the front door to the pharmacy in the back. Overhead, halo-like signs dangle from the ceilings over different sections.
The new look is part of the chain’s “wellness format” that it has been rolling out in recent years. Despite the emphasis on wellness, don’t worry – there is still a Thrifty Ice Cream counter in back.