MEREDITH — With the opening Monday of the new, permanent location of the Hannaford pharmacy next to the supermarket, the temporary nature of the town’s two pharmacies is coming to an end.
For most of the past decade and all of this one, Rite-Aid was the sole pharmacy in Meredith.
The store shared space in the Meredith Bay Plaza with a Hannaford supermarket until Rite-Aid’s contract expired in January, and Hannaford decided it wanted to expand.
So Rite-Aid needed to find a new home.
Hannaford has completed much of its expansion, adding significantly to its 32,000-square-foot supermarket, said Joe Gentile, the general manager of the Hannaford store.
After opening for the first time in January in about 2,000 square feet of a neighboring outlet mall, the Hannaford pharmacy finally moved into its new, approximately 8,000-square-foot section of the supermarket Monday morning.
“It’s great to have more space,” Gentile said. “It’s better to have the pharmacy in-house, obviously, and they have a lot more space to work with now. It’s better for our customers.”
Since January, Rite-Aid has been operating out of a 2,000-square-foot store space it moved to in a vacant building at 343 Daniel Webster Highway.
That’s about to change, though, as the new 15,000-square-foot Rite-Aid store is nearly completed, according to Ken Linesman, owner of Newland Development of Hampton, which represents Rite-Aid’s interests in Meredith.
The new Rite-Aid on Route 25, between the Irving Plaza and Trinity Episcopal Church, will be open in November, Linesman said.
“That’s the plan, to move everything over to the new place by November,” he said.