• The Associated Press reports that “Walgreens plans to close about 600 drugstores as it completes a $4.38 billion deal to buy nearly 2,000 from rival Rite Aid.” Most of the closing stores will be Rite Aid units, the story says, and “the vast majority will be within a mile of another store in the Walgreens network.”

The closing will begin next year, and be carried out over more than a year.