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Rite Aid is hiring thousands and adding short-term financial incentives

Rite Aid will hire 5,000 full- and part-time workers nationwide to keep up with increased demand.

It will also offer short-term financial incentives to what it calls its "Hero Program." The drugstore will increase hourly workers' pay by $2 per hour through May 2, give current retail store managers a $1,000 bonus and increase employee discounts to 35% through the end of April.

Hiring has already begun and includes such positions as cashiers, pharmacy technicians and workers at its distribution centers. The company did not say how many people it will hire locally. To apply, visit

The store has designated special shopping hours for seniors from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily. It also launched RediClinic@Home, which lets customers connect with health care workers by video for preventative care and to treat common medical issues.

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