Rite Aid Corp a Delaware corporation was incorporated on 1968. It operates retail drugstore chain in the United States. It operates its drugstores in 31 states across the country and in the District of Columbia. As of March 3, 2012, it operated 4,587 stores. The Company sells prescription drugs and an assortment of other merchandise, which it calls 'front end' products. Front end products include over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, personal care items, cosmetics, household items, food and beverages, greeting cards, seasonal merchandise and numerous other convenience products. The Company attempts to distinguish its stores from other national chain drugstores, in part, through its wellness + loyalty program, private brands and its strategic alliance with GNC, a retailer of vitamin and mineral supplements. The retail drugstore industry is competitive. It competes with retail drugstore chains, independently owned drugstores, supermarkets, mass merchandisers, discount stores, wellness offerings, dollar stores and mail order pharmacies. The Company's business is subject to federal, state, and local government laws, regulations and administrative practices.