As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic crisis, Rite Aid has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in an effort to stabilize the business operations while also closing more stores. This is part of a restructuring plan to increase the company’s profitability that was approved by a federal bankruptcy judge on March 31st. Rite Aid, which is one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains, currently has a debt of nearly $7.4 billion. The restructuring proposal is meant to reduce Rite Aid’s overall debt by $2 billion and provide capital to keep company operations going. This reduction in debt includes a $1.8 billion debt-for-equity swap, which will allow Rite Aid to exchange debt with shareholders. Rite Aid will also close approximately 600 locations across the country. The store closures are expected to result in approximately 8,000 job losses. Additionally, the company is transferring ownership and operation of 250 pharmacies that would not be profitable if they remained a part of the Rite Aid organization. The U.S. has seen an ever-increasing number of pharmacy closures in recent years. This is due to a variety of factors such as pharmacy reimbursement rates, increased competition from chain stores, and the entrance of mail-order and home delivery services. Rite Aid’s bankruptcy filing and store closures are expected to further reduce the number of pharmacies available within the nation, which will have significant implications on consumer access to medications and other health services. The store closures do not mean that customers will be left without access to pharmacy services. Those customers will still be able to access services through non-Rite Aid locations, including pharmacies that are part of the same company. Moreover, many of the locations that are being closed are in areas that still have good access to pharmacies. It is not immediately known how Rite Aid’s store closures will affect the larger health care market. However, it has been established that there is a need for access to pharmacy services in all areas, so it is likely that those locations that are being closed will be replaced by other pharmacies. Rite Aid’s restructuring plan is an effort to keep the business on track while ensuring that consumers continue to have access to quality pharmacy services. The company expects that its restructuring plan will make them profitable again in the future.