By Jean Yamamura | Mar 15, 2022 | Santa Barbara Independent

Downtown Santa Barbara’s Rite Aid drugstore and pharmacy closed its doors on February 28, bringing an end to decades-long traditions of triple scoops of ice cream on a cone for what was once a nickel a scoop. The store was among 63 closures announced by the corporation in its December earnings report, said Terri Hickey, spokesperson for Rite Aid. The downtown location is the only Rite Aid in the county that will close, she said.

The location on State Street is up for lease for the first time in 20 years, according to the Lockehouse Retail Group, which is searching for a new tenant for the 7,000-to-14,000-square-foot space. It went vacant somewhat unexpectedly, said Justin Romain of Lockehouse, and the group is actively pursuing local and chain retailers in their search for a tenant that will be a happy fit for the family that owns the property and for the downtown area.

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