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The news arrives the same week that Big Three automaker Stellantis signaled it will slash its workforce at its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, fueling speculation it may depart Michigan completely after accepting more than an estimated $2 billion from Michigan taxpayers.

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According to Crain’s, “The news is especially concerning because many Rite Aid stores are in small communities and their closure will deprive some residents of what had been their most common point of access to a health professional.”

On Monday, Rite Aid told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey that it would shutter 27 stores in Michigan and Ohio, but later that day notified store pharmacists that it was planning on permanently locking the doors on all but a few of its stores in the two states this summer.

Those pharmacists were instructed not to speak with the media.