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Ikea real estate exec to head up store development at Rite Aid

Rite Aid has made a crucial addition to its Store of the Future initiative. 

The company named Angele Robinson-Gaylord as senior VP, store development. She will play a key role in executing and managing renovations for Rite Aid’s Stores of the Future project which seeks to transform Rite Aid stores into “vibrant destinations for holistic health and wellness.” She will also be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Rite Aid’s retail facilities, including store planning, development, construction and management of Rite Aid’s entire real estate portfolio.

Robinson-Gaylord joins Rite Aid from Ikea, where she served as president of the North America real estate cluster. Before that, she served as the lead property manager for the east division of McDonald’s USA, supporting as many as 1,900 restaurant locations. 

“I’m thrilled to welcome someone of Angele’s talent and experience to our team, particularly in such a critical role,” said Matthew Schroeder, executive VP and CFO. “Her strategic mindset, leadership skills and relentless focus on process improvement will serve our business well as Rite Aid continues to bring our RxEvolution vision to life.”

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