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October 26, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A $50,000 reward was announced Thursday for the capture of a drug store desperado who robbed 13 Philadelphia area pharmacies of prescription drugs and money. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced a $10,000 reward Thursday for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. " Rite-Aid posted an additional $40,000 reward, administered through the Citizens Crime Commission, for the robberies at Rite-Aid locations. The collected value of the drugs and money stolen were not immediately available.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1991 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp., the nation's largest drug retailer, yesterday announced record fourth-quarter and year-end sales and earnings. Alex Grass, chairman and chief executive officer of the Shiremanstown company, said same-store sales for Rite Aid drugstores, including the large number of units it acquired in 1987 and after, continued to grow. Rite Aid drugstores achieved gains of 7.8 percent in comparable-store sales in its fourth quarter and 7.3 percent for the year. Comparable-store sales are business at stores that were open in the same period the year before.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2004 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rite Aid Corp. reported a loss yesterday for its third quarter compared with a profit in last year's quarter. The drugstore chain also lowered its outlook for its fiscal year. "This was a difficult quarter," said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid's chief executive officer. "There has been a very slow start for the cough, cold and flu season. " A benefits change by the United Auto Workers, establishing mandatory mail-order prescriptions for union members, also trimmed sales, she said.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
Rite Aid Corp. has asked that a Cleveland prosecutor be removed from handling a grand jury investigation of Rite Aid president Martin L. Grass on the ground he made improper statements to the media. Rite Aid charged in a motion that William R. Caine, an assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County, violated Ohio rules of legal conduct concerning grand jury secrecy. The grand jury is investigating allegations that Grass tried to bribe a member of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. In the motion, Rite Aid, based in Harrisburg, also questioned a decision by the prosecutor not to call the pharmacy-board member, Melvin Wilczynski, to testify before the grand jury.
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August 4, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
A Cleveland judge yesterday lifted a temporary restraining order that had blocked county prosecutors from serving Rite Aid Corp. and its president with an indictment. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Greene, who issued the order Wednesday on a motion by Rite Aid lawyers, gave no reason for rescinding it, said John Chmielewski, a deputy court clerk. Rite Aid's lawyers have challenged the method by which the indictment was issued and unsealed. The Shiremanstown drugstore chain and its president, Martin L. Grass, are charged with bribing a member of the state pharmacy board to resign.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1991 | By Tawn Nhan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp., in a revised proposal, yesterday offered about $675 million to buy Revco D.S. Inc., a privately owned drugstore chain based in Ohio, and bring it out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Rite Aid, a drugstore chain based in Shiremanstown, near Harrisburg, and five Revco bondholders jointly submitted the plan. It calls for giving Revco creditors $542 million in cash and distributing about $133 million worth of Rite Aid common stock to creditors. In addition, Rite Aid would assume about $80 million of Revco liabilities.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1987 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp., making its largest single acquisition ever, yesterday said it agreed to buy the 356-store Gray Drug Fair Inc. for between $115 million and $120 million. The seller is Sherwin-Williams Co., the Cleveland-based paint manufacturer, which has been trying to dispose of its drugstore holdings since last summer. With the acquisition, the fast-growing Rite Aid will operate 2,048 stores, putting it neck-and-neck with D.S. Revco Inc. for the distinction of being the nation's largest drugstore chain.
BUSINESS
July 18, 1990 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp., emboldened after its vindication on bribery charges, said it would retaliate with a lawsuit against the Cleveland prosecutor who handled the case. "They dragged my name and Rite Aid's name through the mud," Martin Grass, Rite Aid's president and a defendant in the bribery case, said yesterday. In an interview from Rite Aid headquarters in Shiremanstown, Pa., Grass said that Rite Aid would take legal action within two weeks against William Caine, the assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor who handled the case, and other foes of Rite Aid. Grass would not say on what grounds the suit would be brought, acknowledging that claims of prosecutorial abuse are difficult to win. "Just wait and watch and see," he said when asked about the legal strategy.
BUSINESS
October 11, 1988 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp. said yesterday that it wanted to sell its 46.8 percent interest in Super Rite Foods Inc., a wholesale and retail food business, to channel its efforts into its core business of drugstores. Alex Grass, chairman and founder of Rite Aid, is leading a group of family members and Super Rite management that plans to make a proposal to buy the food business. Rite Aid, based in Shiremanstown, Pa., near Harrisburg, is the nation's largest drugstore chain with 2,142 stores.
BUSINESS
March 31, 1987 | By Barbara Demick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rite Aid Corp. said yesterday it had agreed to sell its stake in a profitable British drugstore chain for $102 million. Rite Aid, the second-largest drugstore chain in America, said it decided to sell its interest in Superdrug Stores PLC after receiving an unsolicited but generous offer from Woolworth Holdings, a British retailer. "We got a tremendous price for it," said Martin Grass, executive vice president. Rite Aid owns 28.2 percent of the British chain, which it helped to establish in 1971.
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April 30, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a key takeaway from a national retail conference at the Convention Center this week: "Millennials are driving everything," said retail analyst Garrick Brown of DTZ. Retail is a numbers game, and the demographic of individuals between 18 and 34 is now the largest consumer group in the United States, numbering about 85 million. More of them shop online than any other group. Forty percent of male millennials say they were willing to buy everything online, and 32 percent of female millennials say the same.
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February 13, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tariq Mahmud stared in disbelief Wednesday as the jury foreman answered "Guilty" to the charge of second-degree murder for Mahmud's part in the killing of Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay, a man Mahmud had called his friend. "Oh, no," Mahmud said before he put his head down on the defense table and covered his face. After seven days of trial, with 32 witnesses and 105 exhibits, it took a Delaware County Court jury less than two hours to convict Mahmud, Rita Pultro, and David Wiggins for the Sept.
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February 12, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was finger pointing at co-conspirators, different recollections of evidence, various interpretations of felony murder and reminders of what constitutes reasonable doubt. On Tuesday, attorneys in the murder trial of a Rite Aid manager gave their closing arguments to the Delaware County jury in the trial of three defendants charged with the death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, a U.S. Navy veteran and Marple Township resident. He was killed during a robbery on Sept. 19, 2013. David Wiggins, 25, and Rita Pultro, 24, and Tariq Mahmud, 24, a Rite Aid loss prevention officer, have been charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy.
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February 11, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato took seven days, questioned 32 witnesses, and presented 105 exhibits in his prosecution of three defendants accused in the 2013 slaying of a Delaware County Rite Aid store manager. On Monday afternoon, it was time for the three defense attorneys to present evidence and call witnesses. They took about 10 minutes. On Sept. 19, Jason Scott McClay, 40, was shot and killed in an apparent robbery at the Chester Rite Aid. The Navy veteran and Haverford High School graduate wasn't scheduled to work that night.
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February 7, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashaniere White was the witness to tie together the case against three defendants charged in the 2013 slaying of Chester Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay. On Thursday, attorneys for the defense took turns attempting to unravel her credibility by painting her as a violent criminal and the mastermind of the operation - and one who might get a deal from Delaware County prosecutors. White, 21, and Christopher Parks, 24, have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy, but have not been sentenced.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ashaniere White sat in a Delaware County courtroom Wednesday, reading aloud page after page of text messages sent between her and two of the defendants on trial in the September 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. The exchanges were rich in text abbreviations, jargon, and street lingo, which White translated when asked by prosecutor Christopher DiRosato. "Bread" means money, White said. "Two stacks" is $2,000. "Lick" is a robbery, and "jawn" has many definitions, including job, girl, and robbery, White said.
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February 4, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Surrounded by Delaware County sheriff's deputies, the witness stood handcuffed and shoeless before County Court Judge George Pagano. "I never expected to catch her," Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato said. Lucy Ann Velazquez was picked up by deputies after she ignored a subpoena to appear at the trial of three defendants in connection with the 2013 killing of a Rite Aid store manager in Chester. "I didn't want no part of this," wailed Velazquez, who said she was the former sister-in-law of defendant Rita Pultro.
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February 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester. It was just before 10 p.m., and McClay was casually going about his job. Within minutes, however, the video shows McClay staggering and pulling down shelves after a bullet fired into his neck severed his carotid artery. Instead of heading home to catch up with the Eagles game on Sept. 19, 2013, McClay collapsed and died in Aisle 14. On Friday, the Delaware County Court trial of three of the people accused in the killing opened before a jury of eight men and four women and Judge George A. Pagano.
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August 13, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Foldes, 95, of Glen Mills, a metallurgist and later a pharmacist, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday, Aug. 3, in Vitas Hospice at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. Mr. Foldes trained as a metallurgist, and worked in the research laboratory in a series of jobs that took him to Bayonne, N.J.; Chicago; Dearborn, Mich.; and Reading, Pa. His last posting in metallurgy was with General Electric at 69th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Philadelphia before being laid off in the early 1970s during a downsizing that targeted engineers.
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November 3, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A Delaware County judge held murder charges Friday against four suspects accused of taking part in the slaying of a Chester drugstore manager. Rita Pultro, 23, and David Wiggins, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, of Broomall. Tariq Mahmud, 23, and Christopher Parks, 23, also of Philadelphia, face second-degree murder charges. Pultro and Wiggins are accused of entering a Rite Aid on Chester's West End intending to rob it, then shooting McClay and fleeing the scene.
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